Local CFA members have their say on fire services
08 December 2017
Local firefighters and community members this week had the opportunity to meet with Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin MP to share their thoughts on the future of their fire services.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan who organised the meeting said it was important local CFA member’s voices were being heard.
“A recent parliamentary inquiry confirmed the Andrews Labor Government has failed to consult firefighters before introducing flawed legislation in an attempted political fix for the fire services,” Ms Ryan said.
“Local CFA members have truckloads of experience and first-hand knowledge in fighting fires including some of the biggest fires Victoria has seen in recent years.
“I believe a lot can be gained from their knowledge.
“The Nationals and Liberals in Coalition are committed to developing a future that puts community safety at the forefront and is developed in full consultation with the men and women that have been protecting Victoria for decades.”
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin has been visiting brigades from across the state to listen to fire fighters on the ground, particularly the 60,000 volunteers being ignored by Daniel Andrew and James Merlino.
“In order to build a strong fire service for the future it is important that we drive around the state to listen and work with our firefighters on the ground,” Mr Battin said.
“The safety of our local communities and firefighters is too important to be traded for political favours from the UFU.”
Issues raised included access to training for volunteers, the administrative burden placed on brigades, funding cut from the Fire Wise magazine, concerns the bitter political dispute has made recruitment of volunteers difficult and concerns the government’s proposed model of splitting the fire services would result in greater outside control through the use of contracted staff.