Support our CFA volunteers
28 May 2015
I write to express my support for ensuring volunteer fire fighters remain on the board of the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
This week the United Firefighters Union (UFU) recommended the removal of volunteer firefighters from the CFA board.
The UFU intends to replace volunteers on the board with its own members and is attempting to cash in on deals brokered with Labor prior to the election last year.
Volunteers make up 97 per cent of the CFA, with 59,000 individuals giving their time and skills to ensure our communities are protected from the threat of fire.
Just this summer, the importance of our CFA volunteers was on show when fires swept through much of the electorate.
For volunteers to have no representation on the board of an organisation of which they make up 97 per cent of the membership, is ludicrous.
CFA volunteers are the backbone of our community we must support, not neglect them.
I encourage the Premier, Daniel Andrews to put Victoria’s CFA volunteers ahead of dodgy union deals and guarantee positions on the CFA board for volunteer fire fighters.
Volunteers must stand against this and ensure they have their voice in their organisation.
Support for Volunteers is essential and this a plan to undermine them I will not support. All volunteers should speak out.
Steph Ryan MP
Member for Euroa
Deputy Leader of The Nationals