‘We’re frightened’: Captain Creek firey speaks out
A FORMER Captain Creek rural firefighter says Queensland Fire and Emergency Services had a "vendetta" against the brigade.
Yesterday, The Observer reported the Captain Creek rural brigade had its registration cancelled after an audit revealed issues including "poor behaviour, misuse of brigade equipment and poor financial management in breach of QFES policies".
A QFES representative said members of the brigade's management committee resigned, leaving no management committee to administer the brigade.
But former first officer John Massurit said the brigade had elected a management committee that was deemed invalid by QFES.
"They decided they weren't going to accept the results, then we didn't have a management committee," Mr Massurit said.
A QFES representative said the committee members resigned and the brigade did not follow correct procedures to reappoint committee members.
The representative said Captain Creek's response to the 2018 bushfires had no impact on the deregistration.
Mr Massurit said he was immediately stood down on September 7 when separate individual allegations were made against him.
The QFES representative said a separate investigation was ongoing and it would be "inappropriate" to comment on it further.
"All QFES personnel are expected to conduct themselves ethically and in accordance with QFES policies at all times," they said.
"QFES has a stringent complaints investigation process in place and all complaints are dealt with fairly and impartially."
Neighbouring brigades from Agnes Water, Lowmead, Colosseum and Wartburg will now cover the Captain Creek area, however Mr Massurit said he didn't feel the Captain Creek area was safe in the height of bushfire season.
"We're frightened," he said.
"Neighbouring brigades, they have no local knowledge. The biggest priority is to protect their own area."
QFES will invite Captain Creek residents to a future public meeting to discuss the potential of re-forming a brigade. If requirements are met, it will consider the registration of another brigade in the area.