Ryan backs Benalla’s volunteer firefighters
03 December 2015
Thursday 3 December 2015
Member Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is pushing for legislation to give all firefighters non-discriminatory access to compensation for cancers contracted as a result of their work.
Ms Ryan today signed a pledge in front of Benalla CFA volunteers promising to support volunteer firefighters in their bid for equal rights to presumptive cancer legislation.
“The Nationals are proud to show our support to all CFA volunteers to fight for equal protection,” Ms Ryan said.
“Our volunteer country firefighters do amazing work risking their lives to protect others and we will not support an unfair system that favours some firefighters over others.”
Ms Ryan said the introduction of presumptive legislation would provide a greater level of protection for almost 60,000 CFA volunteers across the state who play a critical role in Victoria’s emergency response.
She said The Nationals, in Government, were strong supporters of Victoria’s CFA volunteers and would fight to ensure presumptive legislation is equal for all firefighters.
“Last year The Nationals committed to introducing this presumptive legislation,” Ms Ryans said.
“Whether you’re fighting fires as a paid member or volunteer you should be afforded equal rights,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews must pay due recognition to our volunteer firefighters.”
Ms Ryan said over four years in government, The Nationals provided the CFA with more than $125 million to replace or upgrade stations across the state..
“This funding included over $440,000 for station upgrades and a new four wheel drive heavy tanker for Benalla CFA, $500,000 for upgrades to the Boho Fire Station, over $180,000 for a new light tanker for Baddaginnie CFA, and over $5,000 in smaller grants for Lurg and Molyullah CFAs.
“These upgrades ensure that the communities these brigades cover are better protected from the threat of fire and in addition, our dedicated volunteers have facilities that are safe, fit-for-purpose and meet their needs,” Ms Ryan said.