Ryan backs Heathcote’s volunteer firefighters
09 September 2016
Friday 9 September 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 firefighting.
Ms Ryan today signed a pledge in front of Heathcote 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.
“Local CFA brigades including Heathcote, turn out day in and day out to keep the community safe and I will not support an unfair system which discriminates against volunteer firefighters.”
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
“The government must pay due recognition to Heathcote’s volunteer firefighters.”