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Re-elected Coalition to better protect firefighters

07 November 2014


Presumptive legislation to be introduced by a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will provide certainty to local dedicated paid and volunteer CFA firefighters, The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said today.

Ms Ryan said if re-elected, the Coalition Government would introduce legislation to create a legal presumption that if a firefighter is diagnosed with a particular type of cancer, it is presumed to be a result of their work as a firefighter and they are therefore entitled to financial compensation.

“This will provide greater protection and certainty to our hardworking and courageous firefighters,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Coalition recognises the vital role that paid and volunteer firefighters play in keeping our communities safe, and we also recognise the risks they regularly face in doing so.

“That is why we want to simplify the compensation claims process and provide greater peace of mind for firefighters and their families.”

Ms Ryan said the development of the presumptive legislation would be informed by Monash University’s comprehensive Australian Firefighters’ Heath Study, which is currently underway, in consultation with MFB, the CFA and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria. 

“Presumptive legislation has been raised with me by many local brigades and local representatives of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV).

“The Coalition Government is committed to recognising and supporting our state’s firefighters,” she said.

“Since coming to office the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $2.29 billion.

“The development of this legislation, if the Coalition is re-elected, will ensure our firefighters are the best resourced and better protected.”

Ms Ryan said Victorian Coalition Government initiatives and support for our firefighters is particularly important as Victoria looks set to face another significant fire season this year.

This includes four additional firefighting aircraft delivered by the Victorian Coalition Government to bring the state’s airfleet to 46 this fire season.

“Victorians need to be prepared for an above normal bushfire season and to be aware when the Fire Danger Period in their municipality is declared by the CFA.”

For more information on fire restriction periods, planning and preparing go to http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

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