ABC: Trades Hall condemns firefighters’ union over ‘bullying’ of Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett

Our thoughts are with our Victorian colleagues – both paid and volunteer – who have been well and truly exhausted by years of responding to very challenging public campaigns aimed at dismantling the CFA that has seen the resignation/dismissal of the Minister, CFA Chief, CFA Board and a whole bunch of other senior people who…

VFBV: CFA Volunteer peak body calls for sensible compromise on VEOHRC report

The peak body for CFA Volunteers is frustrated that a legal technicality has again been successfully used to stop the release of a government report into allegations of intimidation and discrimination within the State’s fire services. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) CEO Andrew Ford said the State’s 60,000 unpaid CFA personnel are tired of there…

ELA: Report on discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation in the CFA and MFB to be withheld.

With thanks to the wonderful Michael Eburn from Emergency Law Australia the article below is a useful legal view of a serious and significant precedent that was set in the Victorian Court of Appeals this week. For our members in WA, the relevance isn’t just that the Victorian government felt it was worthy to formally investigate…

Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner “resigns” – more to come

The Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley resigned from his position on Tuesday making the statement below. While Mr Lapsley clearly accepts responsibility for his “abrasive and confronting” manner, it is very clear that his comments are guarded and perhaps more indicative of someone who has reluctantly agreed to walk the plank for the sake…

United Firefighters Union QLD weigh into “My Health”

In a direct communique to Members of the Queensland United Firefighters Union (UFU) this week, General Secretary John Oliver explained his personal decision to boycott the scheme. Although starting his message encouraging every member to make their own decision, Mr Oliver’s explanation about why he has chosen to opt out paints a fairly concerning picture.…

RFD sets the record straight on location of Bushfire Centre of Excellence and Headquarters

On 17 May, Shadow Minister Steve Thomas asked this Parliamentary Question in which he referred to United Firefighters Union (UFU) State Secretary Lea Anderson telling ABC Radio South West that the location of the co-located headquarters of the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) and Bushfire Centre of Excellence would be in the Shire of Mundaring.…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members at the 2018 International Firefighters Day memorial service in Kings Park Perth 06-05-2018

A rainy memorial service for fallen firefighters at Kings Park

Rain didn’t deter the families of fallen firefighters, volunteers and dignitaries attending the 2018 International Fire Fighters Day memorial service at the beautiful Forest Grove in Kings Park this morning. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards, Member for Burns Beach Mark Folkard…

The West: Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters

The following editorial appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters Western Australia’s climate has many wonderful benefits. Our summers provide marvellous opportunities to enjoy our endless beaches and for socialising at relaxed evening barbecues. But there is also a downside — dry summer paddocks and bush makes our…