No Card No Start Policy in QFES
Earlier today, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services announced its No Card, No Start Policy in conjunction with the initiative of the Queensland Government. The move effectively requires all employees in professions that handle and interact with children and the youth – current and potential, to furnish a Blue Card to their employer.
What is a Blue Card?
It is a common term used to talk about the Blue Card System. It is believed to be a big step towards creating a safe and supportive environment for children and young people for their development and well-being. It is required when receiving services and participating in activities such as child care, education, sport, and cultural activities.
Why is it required in the fire service?
Children are a part of our community. The service that firefighters do is less about rescue and more about educating all peoples of the community especially children and the youth on how to help prevent and avoid fire situations. To do this effectively, we must ensure that fire service professionals are capable of relating to and understanding them during their interactions.
What does the law mean for new applicants?
Aspiring candidates wishing to submit an application with the QFES will need provide proof of a current blue card upon application. Costs associated to securing a blue card will be shouldered by the applicant.
Those who are part of the current QFES Recruitment Campaign will proceed as usual. However, if selected for a job offer, they will be required to obtain a Blue Card at their own expense prior to the start of their Recruit Training Program.
To learn more about the Blue Card System, click here.
Good luck in your application!