THE Victorian Government’s proposed restructure of the iconic Country Fire Authority must ensure rural volunteer firefighters aren’t marginalised, a State Parliamentary inquiry heard yesterday.
The Victorian Farmers Federation yesterday told the Fire Services Bill Select Committee that the CFA needed to keep full contract of resources needed for volunteer firefighters under any new structure.
“The Government needs to ensure that career firefighters engage well with volunteers and the CFA gets the final say on who is appointed to oversee operations of the volunteer service,” VFF President David Jochinke said.
“Volunteer firefighters deserve respect and should be given the equipment and training they need, not the resources that headquarters thinks is appropriate.”
Mr Jochinke said it was vital for volunteer training to remain equal to the training being offered to career firefighters under the new Fire...
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