Upside to fire service review may be younger volunteers

DESPITE two jobs being cut from Maryborough's rural fire service offices, Fraser Coast brigades could see benefits resulting from a review into the service.

The Malone Review report was released by the State Government earlier this week.

Minister for Community Safety Jack Dempsey confirmed the results of the review would mean one full-time job and one part-time job cut when the district and area office are combined.

Fraser Coast volunteers are still waiting to see if the other 90 recommendations will be implemented.

One recommendation could see brigades recruit PCYC emergency services cadets to get younger volunteers.

Sandy Straits Rural Fire Crew first officer Kahu Helleur said her brigade was lucky to have young volunteers, including her own sons, but said it was very hard to attract younger firefighters.

"One of the biggest things across all volunteer groups is the age group," she said.

"There is so much else going on in young people's lives."

The review could also mean more responsibility to prevent fires put back on Fraser Coast landowners.

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