Firefighter solar safety investigation

Australia:
Firefighter solar panel concerns to be investigated.

The UFUA's National Secretary, Peter Marshall said the risk posed by solar panels had been a growing concern in recent years. Now, the Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) has launched an investigation into the alternative energy source's safety after Firefighter claims that homes fitted with panels could remain live with electricity after mains power is cut.

Cancer relief at hand for firefighters 
Legislation that gives firefighters access to workers' compensation if they are diagnosed with brain, bladder, kidney, breast or testicular cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma or leukaemia passed its first hurdle in federal parliament on Thursday. ‎Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt, who co-sponsored the bill, says it is "potentially only weeks away from becoming law".

New law a homage to fireys who died 
Melton resident, firefighter and cancer survivor Barney Miller, who is based in Sunshine, said the new law paid homage to those who had died.

Qld: Super payments on TEM earnings update

The Tax Office advice is yes.

NSW: Fire stations close as firefighters across NSW start industrial action 
‎Up to 30 fire stations across the state are shut – with western Sydney hit the hardest – over industrial action taken by firefighters. The Union has accused the government of breaking a deal over light duties for injured firefighters.
Sydney fire stations stood down over union dispute.
Firefighters told to lift work bans‎.

Hundreds of firefighters to keep work ban‎.

WA: Firefighters win showers dispute
A dispute over lack of decontamination showers at the Wellington Street fire station ends with new Fire and Emergency Services Authority boss Wayne Gregson's decision to spend $90,000 on new showers.

NT: Storms bring relief for Red Centre firefighters 
‎Storms across Central Australia bring relief to those fighting fires that have been raging throughout the region over the past couple of months.

International
NZ: Firefighter Collective Agreement campaign latest
The Union has met with Fire Service representatives in mediation talks with the assistance of a Labour Department mediator.

Greece: firefighters stage mock funeral protest 
Greek police officers, firefighters and coast guards march through the streets of the capital, Athens, ringing a life-size church bell, hoisted on a moving crane, tolling the 'death' of workers' wages.

UK: Cumbria FBU campaign to halt axing of the County’s fire control centre
Cumbria’s fire crews say their campaign to stop the axing of the County’s only fire control centre will go on. The Union says the plans are ill-thought out, a bad deal for council tax payers and could increase risk to the public and local fire crews.

USA: Vote for public safety jobs
The IAFF campaign asks voters to urge Congress to invest in the SAFER grant program and get firefighters and paramedics back to work in their communities. Nearly 15,000 firefighter and paramedic positions have been lost because of the economic downturn. View the advert created for the campaign.

USA: Firefighters, police and teachers call for national investment in public safety and education
Fire fighters, police officers and teachers to gather in Washington to tell Congress to stop dragging its feet and restore public safety and education funding.

USA: Firefighters from around the world at Notre Dame 
‎Hundreds of firefighters, some from as far away as Australia, are in Michiana this week. They've converged on Notre Dame, where they'll be learning and sharing new ideas about fighting fires in the modern world. Many developers have shifted from building 'legacy homes' to more 'light weight' construction that presents new challenges for firefighters.

USA: Firefighters rally for jobsl
Firefighters join a Montana rally in support of President Obama's jobs bill.

USA: Cancer still a serious concern for Seattle firefighters
Firefighters gather to remember two Seattle firefighters, who recently died of cancer in the line of duty, honored at a memorial.

USA: Ohio firefighters launch ad campaign
New law will jeopardize people throughout Ohio by decimating public safety, says Hamilton paramedic Eric Abney.

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