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    Country Fire Service Volunteers Association

    “Representing the interests of CFS volunteers”

    21st October 2014



    The Country Fire Volunteers Association welcomes yesterday’s presumptive cancer compensation announcement for CFS volunteer firefighters, which will provide volunteers and their families with welcomed peace of mind as we enter into what has been predicted to be a severe fire season.

    The CFSVA is relieved that the cancer risk faced by CFS volunteer firefighters has been acknowledged and the presumptive cancer legislation extended to include CFS volunteer firefighters.

    The CFSVA commends Minister Piccolo for honouring his pre-election commitment to review the presumptive cancer legislation for CFS volunteers and for working closely with the association to achieve this result.

    Whilst the CFSVA has worked diligently over the last two years to obtain presumptive cancer compensation for CFS volunteer firefighters, the reality is that this is one piece of legislation the association certainly hopes no CFS volunteer will ever have to call upon.

    The lack of statistical data has presented some issues during negotiations, as actuaries were only able to provide their best guesstimates in relation to the cost of the scheme, however we anticipate that at the 5 year review there will be sufficient statistical data to enable an evidentiary review of the legislation.      

    The enormous contribution made by CFS volunteers in protecting lives and property serves as a reminder of just how much South Australia relies on the CFS to keep our state safe, and also reminds us of the importance of looking after and protecting those who protect us.

    Sonia St Alban

    Executive Officer


    Email: sonia.stalban@cfsva.org.au

    Phone:  0408 133 349

  • CFSVA Bulletin October 2014








    OCTOBER 2014





    On Monday 13th October 2014 Minister Tony Piccolo convened the 3rd Rountable as part of the Emergency Sevices Sector Reform. The Roundtable was attended by representatives from each of the emergency services, associations and unions nominated within the discussion paper as well as represenetatives from SAAS, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA Water, LGA, BOM, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Agriculture, Treasury, Premier and Cabinet, Attorney General, as well as the Minister for Local Government Geoff Brock and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Duncan McFetridge.

    As part of the presentation the Minister unveiled a “possible” sector model (attached) which represented the Minister’s thoughts as to how the sector may be structured in the future. The CFSVA is disappointed in the model and questioned the timing of the unveiling of this “possible” sector model given that submissions on the Discussion Paper – A Safer Community remains open under the 24th October 2014, with  the CFSVA in the process of preparing its response.

    The CFSVA indicated to the Minister that following extensive consultation, CFS volunteers have indicated that they will not accept a “one fire service model”,  and are of the opinion that the Minister’s “possible” model was just one step away from achieving a one fire service, and therefore was not acceptable.  The CFSVA made it clear that CFS volunteers must be the master of their future and would be responding to the Discussion paper by the due date.

     If you look closely at the Minister’s “possible” model you will note that all that will be left of CFS is a badge on uniforms and emblems on the side of trucks, a position which the CFSVA believes is not acceptable. 

    During the roundtable the CFSVA played an excellent video produced by Felicty Hopkinson which provides an overview of last fire season and serves as a reminder of  the enormous task undertaken by CFS volunteers and the co-operation and support that currently exists between the CFS, SES, MFS and our interstate collegues.  The video can be accessed either through the CFSVA website, the volunteer portal or through the following youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjsvjYG8uOM

    On Monday night the CFSVA hosted a combined state RVMC and CFSVA Management Committee meeting to discuss and confirm the CFSVA’s position on the sector reform. During the meeting it was agreed that the CFSVA would move forward with a model that separated the volunteer (CFS) sector from the paid (MFS) sector and encapsulates the views expressed by CFS volunteers through their CFSVA Branch Presidents, Management Committee and RVMCs.

    The CFSVA has worked through an extensive consultation process over the last 4 months both with the Minister and subsequently directly with CFS volunteers and  representatives groups and is now in the process of responding to the Discussion Paper.     

    CFS volunteers may also respond directly to the Minsiter.  It is important that you play a role in determining the future of the emergency services in South Australia – as you, a CFS volunteer, play important and integral role in South Australia’s Emergency Services. 


    For further information or to comment:  

    Sonia St Alban

    Executive Director

    Country Fire Service Volunteers Association

    Phone: 0408 133 349

    Email: sonia.stalban@cfsva.org.au


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