Victorians at risk under Andrews Labor Government botched fire service reforms

The Andrews Labor Government had yet again denied it has botched fire service reforms, even though it continues to fail to meet its own targets.

During today’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) hearing, Minister for Emergency Services, Jaclyn Symes insisted the reforms had produced benefits yet figures outlined in the 2022-23 State Budget reveal that Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) failed to meet key performance measures.

FRV failed to meet benchmarks in road accident rescue response times by 9 per cent, as well as emergency response times for structural fires by 4 per cent in 2021-22.

Daniel Andrews promised Victorians that he would create a fit-for-purpose fire service that Victorians could be proud of. Instead, all he has done is deals with Peter Marshall and UFU management, which has cost Victorians when they can least afford it.

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin said the Andrews Labor Government is willingly ignoring the problem they created.

“Daniel Andrews worked together with his UFU mates to push through these reforms, and they have resulted in a more expensive and less effective service.

“The fire service reforms have been botched from the start, and now the Victorian public can see for themselves just how badly it will impact them.”


Brad Battin MP

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services