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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 482 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2022 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.R. Whitby
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 19 May 2022

AMBULANCE RAMPING

482. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Minister for Emergency Services:

I refer to consideration by the Premier of utilising firefighters to bolster ambulance services in Western Australia.

(1) When was the minister first made aware of the Premier's plan?

(2) When was the Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Services first made aware of the Premier's plan?

(3) What was the rate of furlough for career firefighters for Sunday, 15 May, by —

(a) day shift;

(b) night shift?

(4) What work has been done to date to implement the Premier's plan?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The Department of Fire and Emergency Services and other organisations have been in regular contact throughout the COVID-19 pandemic on how they can support and assist one another. In February of this year, DFES and St John Ambulance held discussions about how DFES staff and volunteers could be used to support the St John Ambulance service.

(3) Nil.

(4) Senior Department of Health and WA Police Force representatives will be stationed at St John Ambulance headquarters to assist the service. This is designed to ensure appropriate coordination of the emergency response during the current phase of the pandemic, providing certainty to the government and the public during the current Omicron wave. Commencing on Friday, 20 May, 48 career firefighters will begin to receive St John Ambulance familiarisation training.