REASSURANCE: Rural fireys, Pedro Curr, James Massey and Garry Tutt.
REASSURANCE: Rural fireys, Pedro Curr, James Massey and Garry Tutt.

Rural firey says Blue Card is a must to reassure parents

The controversy around Queensland volunteer fireys needing a blue card to continue their work has said to be wasting valuable firefighting time.

However, First Officer of Sugarloaf and Treasurer of Stanthorpe Combine Group, James Massey said it is just a case of reassuring parents when working with their children.

“I personally believe that it is something that has probably been put in place for the protection of young people.

“At the same time, I find it interesting that we have done what we have done, and your talking to a person that has been a rural firefighter for 46 years, and I have not needed a blue card to do what I have done for 46 years.

“But in having said that, I do understand that people need to feel as though any place where there are children involved that hopefully the people around them are people who they can trust,” Mr Massey said.

Queensland volunteer firefighters will be required to obtain a Blue Card by March 31, a recent extended deadline from December 1.

As a result, 15,000 volunteers are at risk of being banned if they fail to apply for a Working With Children Check.

Mr Massey said the new Blue Card requirements might be another thing to add to the to do list, however will also provide as a handy asset.

“Yes it is a bit of a kerfuffle, and yes you say ‘what a pain’, but once it’s done and dusted the beaut thing is once you have a Blue Card, in a relation to even going and getting a job these days, having a Blue Card would be an asset.

“You sort of think, why, after all this time is it necessary? But at the same time I think we are living in age where people like to have some sort of reassurance that the people around their children will not harm them,” he said.