CFA split ‘fight’s not over yet’, Daniel Andrews warned

VOLUNTEERS have warned the “fight’s not over yet” in their battle to block Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ bid to split the Country Fire Authority. The warning follows the Premier’s announcement last Friday that his Government would submit legislation to Parliament stripping paid firefighters from the CFA’s 35 integrated stations and merging them with Melbourne’s metropolitan…

Victorian Fire Service Restructure Update

From our colleagues at Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria… NOTE TO MEMBERS – 21 May 2017                                               VICTORIAN FIRE SERVICES RESTRUCTURE On Friday this week, the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister James Merlino announced splitting the CFA, separating paid operational employees and volunteers into different organisations though major structural reform of Victoria’s Fire Services. This note outlines…

Country Fire Service brigades maintain firefighting boycott following lower Eyre Peninsula blaze

South Australian volunteer firefighters have renewed threats to boycott fighting fires on State Government land, following a fire on the lower Eyre Peninsula on Saturday. The fire burnt through scrubland in the Lincoln National Park near Port Lincoln before it was brought under control just before 7:30pm. Last year, several Country Fire Service (CFS) brigades…

Victorian firefighters in fight for easier compensation for work-related illness

A FERNTREE Gully man is among thousands of firefighters across the state pushing for fairer compensation for illnesses resulting from their work. Bill Watson, the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria district 13 president, told the Leader the hundreds of volunteer firefighters in the district — which includes Knox, the Yarra Ranges and Maroondah — would be…