CFA volunteers gagged in new low from Labor
22 November 2017
Funding for CFA’s main communication tool to volunteers, Fire Wise will be reinstated under a Liberal Nationals Government, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.
Funding for the publication which began in 1947 as The Fireman was cut last week in yet another move by the Andrews Labor Government to gag CFA volunteers.
Ms Ryan said the cut was announced just one week after the publication reported on the need for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s fire services, announced by The Nationals and Liberals.
“Fire Wise is used by Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV), the CFA Chief, EMV Commissioner Craig Lapsley and local volunteers to communicate messages on issues which affect volunteers,” Ms Ryan said.
“This includes information on service delivery, volunteer awards and coming fire services events and I fear that if the publication is reduced to an online presence, it will miss hundreds of volunteers across our region who rely on the hard copy.
“Daniel Andrews is trying to bully volunteers into submission by denying them an independent source of information.
“If elected next year we will restore funding for this long running publication, so it can continue to provide information to volunteers.”
Shadow Emergency Services Minister Brad Battin said it was clear Daniel Andrews would continue to silence and disrespect volunteers as he works to destroy the CFA.
“Just last week Fire Wise was reporting on the need for a Royal Commission into Victoria’s fire services, and then by coincidence Daniel Andrews announces he’s cut their funding- a new low even for Labor.
“Only the Liberals and Nationals will ensure all fire fighters including volunteers have the resources to have their voices heard,” Mr Battin said.