Ryan backs Broadford’s volunteer firefighters
08 April 2016
Friday 8 April 2016
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 Broadford 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.
“In 2014 The Nationals committed to introducing this presumptive legislation,” Ms Ryan 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 also met with the brigade to discuss the ongoing push for a new station.
“I am hopeful that the CFA will finalise the acquisition of a site for a new station by the end of the year,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is now time for the Labor government to show its support for Broadford’s volunteer firefighters by committing funding to build the station.
“The coalition pledged $1.2 million before the last election which Labor never matched.
“Daniel Andrews needs to show he cares about all firefighters not just those who pay union dues.”