Responses from the Tasmanian Liberals and the Australian Labor Party were received at the union office last Monday afternoon just prior to the UFU conference held on 16 and 17 March 2010. These responses make facinating reading.
The coronial inquest has put blame on the firefighters who responded to the Myer fire. The view of the UFU is that this blame is misplaced and that there are far more important issues to be adressed in the firefighting industry in Tasmania.
The United Firefighters Union warned in the "Australian Firefighter" in May 2006 that the failure of governments to effectively deal with the threat of bushfire was the most significant public policy failure in the nation.
Don't be fooled. The so called "family friendly" initiative regarding child care contained in the 2004 EBA isn't worth the paper it's printed on. No one will ever be able to access this so called entitlement. Read more.......
The attached memorandum has been issued to clarify once and for all how the 1AM single time payments system is to be applied. The 1AM payments system has only been agreed to for members who wish to voluntarily participate in fire service committees and activities. It has nothing to do with ordinary work, training or overtime. Click on more.
UFU Members hit the streets of an inner suburban electorate to spread the message about an MFB management plan for service cuts. Firefighters from stations in the marginal seat of Richmond put on a sausage sizzle and collected signatures for a petition to state parliament.
Firefighter cancer - fact or fiction? The U.S.Firefighter Cancer Support Network comments. Plus, weighty issue, a deal reached in the long-running South Yorkshire (UK) fire dispute, the importance of HAZMAT training, and other firefighter story links from across the globe.
In this week's firefighter news stories: Indian firefighters live in colonial era stables, VicRoads under scrutiny at Bushfires RC, DIY oil-to-biodiesel systems a new challenge in the US, plus others from across Australia and around the world.
In this week's firefighter news story links; dodgy solar panels pose danger to firefighters, UFU quizzes Tassie election candidates, solar powered fire station first, firefighters promote new CO law, plus other stories from across Australia and around the world.
Firefighter news story links. This week; Bushfires Royal Commission Vic Premier's Frankenstein, bullying claims, roof insulation causes 20 fires, sickies beat up, UK firefighters in angry mood, US cold snap snowmobile rescue and others.
Firefighter news story links. This week, more paid firefighters needed, Black Saturday and Black Tuesday remembered, Brazilian firefighters take to the streets, amphibious firefighting aircraft, plus others.
Links to firefighter industrial and OHS news stories from across Australia and around the world. This week: Perth fire station, Greenpeace FBEU bushfire risk warning, old DC10 is Victoria's new water bomber, Spanish firefighter protest attacked and US firefighter deaths drop.
The United States Fire Administration has released its report into firefighter fatalities during 2008. 118 firefighters died while on duty and once again, stress and over exertion, and vehicle crashes, were the leading causes.
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is partnering a new campaign to raise firefighter awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Half the on-duty firefighter deaths in the US are attributed to heart attack or stroke.
In regional Victoria, a recent fatal house fire highlights the need to quickly implement a UFU firefighter recruitment and resourcing plan that has been agreed to by the CFA. But the state government continues to sit on its hands.
After 35 days of hearings, 87 witnesses and 26 community meetings the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission has found the CFA's Chief Officer failed to protect Victorians on Black Saturday. The State government also comes under fire.
Nearly 50 percent of structural fires across Minnesota (USA) last year were caused by cooking-gone-wrong. Fire Chief Joel McColl advises against throwing sugar or flour on a grease fire to avoid creating the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.
Analysis of CFA management's role in the tragic Black Saturday bushfires has been lost in a public relations smokescreen reports the ABC. The government's lawyers and "a flurry of ... subtle tweaks to the stay or go policy" are all part of it.