Local CFA members discuss Fire Services Reform
LOCAL members of the CFA have been able to discuss the State Government’s proposed Fire Services Reform with Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon).
Visiting Mansfield late last month, Ms McLeish was keen to hear from residents just what they thought of the proposal.
The Fire Services Reform aims, among other things, to abolish the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and replace it with a new service, to be known as Fire Rescue Victoria.
Under t he plan, t he CFA would become a volunteer only service.
As part of the Fire Services Reform, t he government has promised a $100 million package comprised of:
establishing a $56.2 million CFA Support Fund to strengthen volunteer recruitment, retention and training options, expand brigade support and develop leadership; and
creating an Emergency Services Infrastructure Author- ity, which will co-ordinate and deliver new facilities, including a $44 million CFA station program.
The government is also proposing to introduce new laws to give all firefighters equal access to compensation for cancers contracted in the line of duty.
The reform paper itself has been examined by the Select Committee, who have now tabled their findings on the proposed changes.
As part of the process, the Select Committee held public hearings across Victoria.
The committee heard from volunteer and career firefighters, third party representatives, and the CFA senior command.
The committee also received close to 2000 written submissions, including hundreds of submissions from people involved in CFA in a volunteer capacity.
The CFA must now wait for a response from the State Government.
FIRE REFORM: Gathering to discuss the CFA’s Select Committee report into the Fire Service Reform recently was (from left) Fred Forrest, Mick Jones, Rohan Neely, Sharon Jones, Cindy McLeish and Jim Renkin.