Report reveals discrimination in fire service

THE Queensland fire service has a "systemic" culture of harassment and bullying, an independent review has found.

The rural fire service could be the next to be investigated.

Former Queensland public service chief executive Margaret Allison, in a report released yesterday, found the fire service had a widespread culture that discriminated against women.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the report painted a "disturbing picture" of the fire service.

He said while the rural service was not examined as part of the review Ms Allison may look there next.

"There are some other matters in the course of Margaret's deliberation that have come from the rural fire service and essentially I'm saying today to the Rural Fire Association that Margaret Allison will now be given the opportunity to look into the things they have raised as well," he said.

Following the report's release, fire commissioner Lee Johnson has taken "early retirement".

Former assistant police commissioner Katarina Carroll was named interim fire commissioner.

Mr Johnson said the report was shocking, but did not reflect the "type of service that I have sought to build during my career".

However, Mr Newman said he did not believe Mr Johnson appreciated the full scope of the report which showed the fire service "doesn't understand the norms of 2014".


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