The following Question on Notice was asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered in Parliament today by the Hon Stephen Dawson representing the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan.
ASSET REPLACEMENT PERIODS
Hon Colin de Grussa to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services:
I refer to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Annual Report 2017–18 and specifically the key performance indicator “proportion of assets within specified replacement period parameters,” and I ask:
(a) can the Minister please table a list of assets which are outside their specified replacement period parameters, the location of these assets and date at which replacement period expired;
(b) can the Minister please provide a list of the standard replacement periods for various asset classes; and
(c) what are the requirements for assets to remain in use beyond their replacement periods?
Hon Stephen Dawson replied:
(a) Yes. [See tabled paper no 2403.] (Note: This was not available at the time of publications – AVBFB will share when the document becomes available)
Fleet Assets – appliance/vehicle standard replacement period:
Light tanker 5–10 Years
Large Tanker 16 Years
Bulk Water Tanker 20 Years
Pumper 15 Years
Specialised Trailer 20 Years
Specialised Truck 20 Years
Personnel Carrier 10 Years
All Terrain Utility 16 Years
Flood Boat & Trailer 20 Years
DFES Building Assets – standard replacement period:
CFRS 40 Years
VFRS/VFES – Brick Construction 50 Years
VFRS/VFES – Metal Construction 25 Years
(c) DFES Fleet Assets
DFES uses these standard replacement periods as a guideline to assess future operational service capability; to optimise the whole-of-life value of the fleet where the fleet is fit-for-purpose and remains operationally safe and effective. Any asset or appliance that is no longer fit-for-purpose is replaced. The key factor is that the asset can continue to perform to its operational and functional purpose and that retention of the asset provides value for money.
DFES Building Assets
Biennial building condition assessment programs are undertaken to assess facilities as being safe and operationally fit-for-purpose. Regular preventative maintenance programs are in place. Cost effective refurbishment programs, where practicable, can also extend the life of fire stations for a further 10–20 years.
Note: Local Government Facility Maintenance and Modifications
While funded through the Local Government Grants Scheme new replacement facilities and modifications to existing facilities are based on Local Governments making application for funding to DFES for that purpose.