Did you know the UFBA and FRFANZ maintain a close working relationship with Government advising on current issues and advocating for broader consideration of the sector to include volunteers? While we take a quieter approach – establishing a trusted and credible partnership – we believe change begins with conversations.
That’s why we’re pleased to see the Minister for Internal Affairs, Honourable Tracey Martin, continue her commitment to us following discussions at the highest level, that she will be a strong advocate championing our cause within government.
The Minister was a guest speaker at our UFBA FRFANZ Conference on Sunday. We give her credit for diverting from her planned speech to open the floor to questions, even inviting the difficult discussion around recognising certain cancers as occupational by ACC. She understands the need to look after our firefighters equally, whether career or volunteer.
She has also written to ACC Minister Ian Lees-Galloway to emphasise the need to include all firefighters in any considerations when developing presumptive legislation for firefighter-related cancers.
The Minister remains a strong advocate for all firefighters, recognising the need to do more about mental health, including for families of firefighters. Acknowledging the number of medical calls outs and number of suicides attended she said it is taking its toll.
We will continue to meet with the Minister and continue momentum on equal representation for volunteers and career firefighters. Please know that we are ensuring your voice is heard within Government and look forward to positive outcomes.
The Minister made commitments to us at conference on Sunday and has wasted no time in following up on those commitments. View the Minister in debate within the house, including reference to the UFBA and FRFANZ, from 1:05 in the video link here.
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