This week’s news: Vic make cancer compo possible

Australia
Vic: Make cancer compo possible
The ALP opposition and the Greens want the Baillieu government to make Victorian firefighters eligible for WorkCover if they contract cancers, like those employed by the Commonwealth who are now able to claim compensation.

Italy Earthquake aftermath

QLD: EB round to start
The United Firefighters Union and the QFRS will soon commence negotiations for the next round of enterprise bargaining. The current wage policy of the LNP government is for up to a three percent wage increase.

WA: Budget boost
The government allocates $40 million for the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) in response to the damning Keelty report that revealed inadequacies in the service.
FESA moved to help hotel shortage.

Aviation: Airservices Australia boss quits
Russell resigned six months before his contract was up following a federal government-ordered review of his overseas travel expenses.

WA: No communication from marathon organisers - FESA
The Fire and Emergency Services Authority has told an inquiry it did not speak to the Kimberley ultra-marathon organisers until after a fire swept through the course.

Vic: Hose testing operation ignores consultation
The CFA's refusal to recall its draft hose testing operation bulletin is another attempt to bypass obligations.

NSW: Government hatchet job on compo
Unions NSW campaigns against the attack on the NSW workers compensation scheme.

WA: Independent body to oversee prescribed burns
The emergency services minister Troy Buswell has hinted that there will be money in the state budget for fighting fires.

International
UK: South Yorkshire fire crews give seven days notice
Fire crews will ballot for industrial action ‘short of strike’ at this time, in a dispute over frontline cuts and management imposed changes to terms and conditions.
Essex fire dispute – strike ballot papers go out.
Cambridgeshire fire crews stand ready to fight against even more frontline cuts.

USA: IAFF testifies to improve U.S. Fire Administration
The IAFF's Kevin O’Connor told a congressional panel that the United States Fire Administration (USFA) must evolve to meet the needs of the modern fire service.

Italy: Aftershocks follow massive quake in northeast Italy
A firefighter works in earthquake affected Sant'Agostino, northern Italy.

USA: Congress takes first steps to advance SAFER waivers
"The SAFER waivers have proven critically important, saving thousands of fire fighter jobs since the recession began,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger.

Vietnam: Cities lack fire alarms, evacuation plans
Firefighters should receive better training.

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