Dear colleagues,

We are now in a situation where there is widespread community transmission of the COVID-19 outbreak, which is causing direct and indirect impacts on QFES’ business and operations.

As such, from 1800hrs (6pm) today, Wednesday 5 January 2022, QFES is increasing our Pandemic Preparedness Level (PPL) from PPL3 to PPL4.

This applies across the whole of Queensland. 

The PPL Stage Requirements document is available on the Gateway and is also attached to this email.

Please read through the PPL4 Stage Requirements carefully, as it affects all areas of QFES business and operations.

Looking after ourselves and each other

Queensland Health has detailed information on all aspects about the COVID19 pandemic, including  how to care for yourself, your colleagues and your family, on their website. Please familiarise yourself with this information and access as you need to.

The widespread community transmission affects both our physical and mental health. If you are struggling, please reach out for help to your peers, supervisor or FESSN. The FESSN network has support available 24/7 so please use these services at any time.

We continue to work closely with Queensland Health and the Chief Health Officer regarding the application of health directives and access to COVID-19 testing for our people.

As always, the safety of our workplace, our workforce and our community is my top priority. I thank you for continuing to uphold high professional standards and our values of respect, integrity, courage, loyalty and trust during this time.

Thank you and stay safe.

Mike Wassing AFSM