Fire officer suspended after sexual assault allegation
A 41-year-old man has been suspended from working with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service after being accused of sexual assault.
The officer from the south-east region will now be investigated by the QFES ethical standards team for misconduct.
Although his station is unknown, the south-east region for QFES covers parts of Ipswich, Gatton, Beenleigh and the Gold Coast.
The initial allegation to police has now been withdrawn, although the QFES has vowed to investigate regardless.
The officer's suspension comes less than a month after a major report found bullying and harassment -- particularly of women -- was "systemic" in the state's fire service.
The findings by this independent review forced then Fire Commissioner Lee Johnson to retire early. He is now on pre-retirement leave.