THE union representing firefighters says a scathing report into the response to the bushfires is a ``kick in the guts'' to the service's dedicated personnel.
The state government has accepted all 103 recommendations from the Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry, which found there were serious flaws in communication, planning and preparations for the crisis.
Despite accepting the recommendations, the government yesterday said some of them were ``more commentary'' and lacked cross-examination.
United Firefighters Union acting secretary Greg Cooper said the Tasmania Fire Service was not given a chance to properly respond to the report's criticism.
``I don't accept that firefighters should be criticised by people that don't give them a chance to rebut that criticism,'' Mr Cooper said.
He questioned the choice of former police commissioner Malcolm Hyde to head the inquiry.
``I'm a little bit tired of ex-police commissioners doing reports. You want to do a good report for firefighters, get a firefighter that knows what they're talking about, get a technical expert in there.''
The opposition yesterday seized on the report from the Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry, which found serious flaws hampered the response to the crisis.
Opposition Leader Will Hodgman called on Police and Emergency Management Minister David O'Byrne to resign. Mr O'Byrne defended the emergency agencies and the government's performance.
``Let us not forget that on 4 January we faced catastrophic weather conditions that the state had not seen since 1967,'' Mr O'Byrne said.
``The peak of the emergency tested all emergency services to the limit and beyond.''
He said they were working hard to respond to the concerns raised.
``Some of the recommendations are more commentary, they accept people's submissions, they raise questions,'' Mr O'Byrne said.He denied questioning the credibility of the Hyde report.