Local CFA mem­bers dis­cuss Fire Ser­vices Re­form

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

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.

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