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Fast Facts: Firefighters Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2019

Fast Facts: Firefighters Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2019

 

25C – Secondments Agreements – removing the right of the Chief to employ their own people

  • 25C legislates all employees of the CFA must come from the FRV
  • Rules around a fair process, and if not by agreement the Chief of the CFA can look external
  • When the Chief finds a suitable person externally, this person must join the FRV to be seconded and be approved the Fire Registration Panel
  • The Fire Registration Board will have 3 of 4 appointed by the United Firefighters Union – handing power directly to the union to veto employment arraignments

 

20AC – Role of Volunteer Brigades – The addition of ‘subject to operational requirements’ removes the power of volunteers and hands it to the union

  • 20AC directs that any CFA station in a newly formed FRV area they must request the assistance of volunteers – ‘subject to operational requirements’
  • The addition of the ‘subject to operational requirements’ allows a career station may call another career fire station and ignore calling volunteers at the same station or neighbouring stations
  • Volunteers have raised this as a concern, and do not want only to be called to clean the truck or roll up the hoses
  • We need volunteers to keep up their training and operations to ensure we have the best and largest response on major bushfires

 

12 –Determination of whether section 9 requirements is met – A loop that is only in place for volunteers

  • There is already a clause for a time in the service for specific cancers ranging from 5 years to 25 years
  • As the Government have not legislated what this clause will mean, it could at anytime be used to require minimum callouts, the Government has stated in the past they were looking at a model of 150 turnouts before volunteers could claim
  • Volunteers should be treated the same – Same Fire, Same Smoke, Same Cancer
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