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Ryan raises alarm on Seymour CFA conditions

07 May 2021

Seymour CFA brigade members are concerned that their response times are being compromised by the Andrews Labor Government after they were told they are not on the priority list for an upgrade. 

Member for Euroa and deputy leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has invited the Acting Minister for Emergency Services to visit the Seymour CFA to see the challenges facing the brigade.

Ms Ryan said despite the huge revenue generated through the Fire Services Property Levy, CFA brigades across the Euroa electorate were still in desperate need of funding.

“The Seymour CFA have been unfairly criticised by the United Firefighters Union for response times when in truth they are a very dedicated brigade working in less than ideal conditions.

“The location of their station makes it very difficult for them to respond, with roads becoming increasingly congested throughout the day.

“In order for them to actually get the truck out of the station, they often find themselves having do a cumbersome three-point turn or they must drive across the median strip into oncoming lanes of traffic, which presents a real safety issue but also affects how quickly they can get out the station door.

“Their station was built in the 1960s, over an underground watercourse so there are severe problems with rising damp.

“Brigade members actually have to climb down a steep set of stairs in order to get to the truck and changed and they are doing so in an area with very limited space.

“The current size of the station also prevents them from upgrading brigade vehicles, as they are not going to have the room to house them and blocks them from accessing future rounds of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program.”

Ms Ryan said there was an urgent need for the Andrews Labor Government to direct district 12 to work with the CFA brigade to look for a new site for their station and get the ball rolling for them to start construction.

“Brigade members have been told they are not on the priority list at all for district 12, which is extremely disappointing.

“Given the huge revenue Labor are collecting through the FSPL, it is farcical that brigades across the region are still working in stations plagued by these kinds of problems.

“I implore the Minister to meet with members of the Seymour CFA and prioritise their needs to ensure they can continue to provide a great service to our community.”

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