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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3544 ..

1(b) The total administrative expenses for 1997/98 for Fire Brigade Operations and Operations Development cost centres was:


Uniforms/protective clothing 421

Buildings - services / R & M 227

Communication costs 37

Fuel/Vehicle hire costs 96

R & M vehicles 128

Materials - hardware/medical 41

Firefighting/standby/detection 298

Publishing/printing/library 31

Computing costs 17

Aircraft Hire 0

Professional Services 31

Staff development/training costs 10

Miscellaneous/other costs 224

TOTAL 1,561

Administrative expenditure listed above relates to direct expenditure by these two cost centres. For some items, such as uniforms-protective clothing, the figure will be a whole of ACT Fire Brigade cost but the majority will reflect only cost centre expenditure. It is not possible to aggregate items from other cost centres nor from total Bureau outlays to identify items related specifically and solely to the Fire Brigade. For example, a component of R & M is a single Bureau contract with Totalcare for a standard level of maintenance across all Bureau building assets. This cost is not reflected above as it is charged against a different cost centre in the Bureau. The reported figure is only additional expenditure required by the cost centres involved.

The expenditure by these cost centres in 1997/98 is not indicative of future budget allocations. Administrative expenditure is allocated on a priority basis across the Bureau based on business plan proposals submitted by each cost centre and is reviewed internally by each cost centre and on a whole of Bureau basis as priorities change. The 1997/98 administrative expenditure also included a large number of extraordinary one-off items. Examples of these are:

. Outfitting of recruits for Gungahlin;

. 2nd set of protective firefighting uniform;

. Refurbishment of Kambah Fire Station kitchen to meet OH&S requirements;

. Thredbo emergency;

. High fire season costs such as fuel and fire fighting foam;

. Inventory and stock requirements for Gungahlin JESC;

. Unexpected legal costs; and,

. Training venue costs.

2. In the 1998/99 Financial Year, Emergency Services Bureau has transitioned to the Justice and Community Safety set of accounts. As part of this transition and

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