Report on government services 2018: Emergency management - Chapter 9 Emergency services for fire and other events

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Key facts:

Nationally in 2016–17:

  • fire service organisations attended a total of 394,054 emergency incidents, of which 95,508 were fire event incidents, and STES organisations attended a total of 77,832 incidents (excludes Queensland), of which 62,157 were storm and cyclone events
  • total expenditure of fire service organisations was $4.1 billion and of STES was $222.8 million, or $167 and $9 respectively, per person in the population
  • 20,008 full time equivalent (FTE) paid personnel were employed by fire service organisations, of which 76.9 per cent were paid firefighters. A large number of volunteer firefighters (152,883 people) also participated in the delivery of fire services
  • the majority of STES staff were volunteers, with 22,566 volunteers and 709 paid staff.

Emergency services for fire and other events aim to reduce the adverse effects of events on the community (including people, property, infrastructure, economy and environment).

Governments’ involvement is aimed at providing emergency services that:

  • contribute to the communities management of risks and its preparedness, through the promotion of risk reduction and mitigation activities
  • are accessible, responsive and sustainable.

Governments aim for emergency services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.

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Report on Government Services 2018
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Part D Emergency management