Volunteer firefighter representative and Kangaroo Island resident Andy Wood testifies at bushfire Royal Commission

Kangaroo Island resident and volunteer fire representative Andy Wood giving evidence to the bushfire Royal Commission and appearing on ABC News.
Kangaroo Island resident and volunteer fire representative Andy Wood giving evidence to the bushfire Royal Commission and appearing on ABC News.

Kangaroo Island resident and volunteer fire representative Andy Wood gave evidence on Friday, July 3 to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.

Mr Wood is president of the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations and was asked to testify about volunteering in Australian firefighting at the bushfire Royal Commission.

The council is a collaboration of 11 volunteer fire brigade associations within Australia, representing some 250,000 volunteer firefighters and operational support volunteers across the country.

Mr Wood said he was asked by the commission about the connection between government and volunteers, compensation for volunteers, retention of members and training.

Volunteer brigade members did not want to be paid for their services, he told the commission.

He is also president of the Country Fire Service Volunteers Association, which represents volunteer firefighters around South Australia.

He is keenly awaiting the release by the state government of the Keelty review of the 2019/2020 bushfires on Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills.

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