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A solution to Australia's bushfire fighting problem

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25 September 2023 by IdeaSpies

Volunteer firefighter numbers are on the decline, raising concerns ahead of a potentially bad bushfire season.

Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt says it's time for Australia to look at creating a new paid firefighting service that would work through the bushfire season.

"Semi-professional firefighting services, which is what they have in places like California, where people can come online and be paid … for the fire season rather than an entire year".

Retired Major General Peter Dunn has praised the "outstanding suggestion" after years advocating for a similar model as part of the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action Group.

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