Volunteer recruitment underway for the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Volunteer recruitment underway for the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

2 April 2022

A recruitment drive has commenced in Sorell today to attract new TFS and SES volunteers to resource our new Sorell Emergency Services Hub as part of the Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

Construction on the new purpose-built hub began last month, with this $12 million project due for completion early next year.

This state-of-the-art facility will house Tasmania Police and volunteer members of the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service in one central location, providing a valued 24/7 emergency response to the greater Sorell community.

This exciting development represents the first hub of its kind in Tasmania, through accommodating these three key emergency services all within a shared purpose-built complex.

Importantly, this new venture will not replace existing TFS stations and SES units in nearby areas but will enhance the existing emergency response capability to meet the needs of this growing region of Southeast Tasmania.

Both the TFS and SES are looking for new volunteers who live or work in Sorell and its surrounds, providing the exciting opportunity for people to gain new skills and experiences, become a member of a positive and proud team, contribute to the safety of their local community and develop new friendships with likeminded people.

I encourage anyone who might be interested in becoming a TFS or SES volunteer at Sorell to please contact the recruitment team at sorell.hub@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Taroona Fire Brigade celebrates 75 years

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Taroona Fire Brigade celebrates 75 years

20 November 2021

The Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrates its 75th anniversary today, recognising the inspiring contribution and commitment that each and every volunteer has made, and continues to make for our community.

Founded by Marc Ashton and his band of Taroona brothers in 1946 as an unofficial local brigade, in 1951 the group was officially registered as the Taroona Rural Fire Brigade.

Over the years, the Brigade has been involved in some significant fires in Tasmania, including the 1967 fires, the Taroona Bowls Club, Pre-School, and High School; Dunalley in 2013 and in the North West in 2016 where members assisted for 29 consecutive days.

Taroona volunteers have also assisted in interstate deployments in NSW and QLD in 2018 and 2019 – a truly amazing effort, and a testament to the critical role our volunteers play in keeping our communities safe.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is a strong supporter of our volunteer firefighters. In 2018 we established a $2 million Fire and Emergency Service Volunteer Grants Program for TFS brigades and SES units to fund equipment, improve station amenities and undertake non-core brigade management and training. A further $2 million has been committed to extending this funding to 2025-26.

This funding enables our volunteers to act in a variety of roles for TFS, from frontline firefighters responding to emergencies, to offering support behind the scenes by keeping the stations running.

On behalf of the Tasmanian Government, congratulations to all past and present volunteers of the Taroona Fire Brigade on reaching this important milestone in your Brigade’s history, and thank you for what you do to protect the Taroona community each and every day.

Dedicated team to bolster volunteer support, recruitment and retention

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Dedicated team to bolster volunteer support, recruitment and retention

25 August 2021

Advertising has commenced today on six new roles as part of a team dedicated to volunteer support, recruitment and retention within the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service.

Delivering on our First 100 Days Implementation Plan commitment, this $2.4 million investment is part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanian communities safe. 

The roles advertised from today include:

• 3 x Regional Volunteer Stakeholder Engagement Officers that will be for the North, South and North West;

• 1 x Coordinator Volunteer Strategy for SES;

• 1 x Administrative Support role for Volunteer Associations; and

• 1 x Supervisor for Volunteer Support.

Tasmania is fortunate to have around 5,600 volunteers in our fire brigades and our State Emergency Service and we are thankful every day for their magnificent dedication and contribution to our communities. 

It’s important, especially for our rural communities, that our highly trained volunteers are supported. That’s why these new staff are being recruited specifically to work with communities and brigades to support, recruit and retain our volunteers.