Factsheet: Qld ‘Presumptive’ legislation

Below is a text version of the Fact Sheet published by Queensland’s Worker’s Compensation Regulator explaining their new “presumptive legislation” covering both volunteer and paid firefighters who contract cancer. We thought it was useful information for WA’s Volunteers who have been told a Bill to provide cover for them would be introduced into Parliament before…

Queensland Parliament Votes for highest level of firefighter cancer support in Australia

The following article was published in “Fireline” from the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland today. We look forward to seeing the Western Australian government’s Bill to provide compensation for volunteer firefighters who contract cancer – due before the end of 2015.   We must temper our enthusiasm by always remembering that if you as a…

QwN: Presumptive laws for volunteers

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms M. QUIRK to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s predecessor’s commitment that presumptive cancer firefighter laws would apply to both career and volunteer firefighters. (1) Is…

Fire cancer compensation report due

THE committee considering volunteer controversial firefighter cancer legislation will hand its report to the Queensland Parliament today The Finance and Administration Committee has been considering amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide disease compensation to paid and unpaid firefighters. Queensland’s 35,000 rural brigade members want the State Government to change a clause that says…

The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…

Note regarding article on bullying

A few members have expressed concerns about the way the article in today’s West Australian reads – worried that raising the difficult issue of bullying might cause more problems for the amazing volunteers “on the ground”. Here are a few really important things to consider: The article was not prompted by the Association in any…

ABC: High suicide rates amongst emergency workers; experts warn PTSD sufferers not getting needed treatment

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/7pm/nsw/video/201506/PDs_EmergDeaths_0306_512k.mp4 New figures reveal one police officer, paramedic or firefighter is taking their own life every six weeks, and experts warn frontline emergency workers are not getting the treatment they need. The Intentional Self-Harm Fact Sheet is based on coronial cases around Australia and shows 110 police officers, paramedics and firefighters died by suicide between…