This district’s CFA volunteers are raising a petition to help fire fighters with cancer, and we need the community’s help.
Fire fighters are known to be more prone to certain cancers, and they are entitled to compensation, but Victorian law makes it almost impossible because it requires the fire fighter to provide evidence to prove the cause of the cancer arose from particular fires or incidents.
The sick fire fighter struggles with inadequate incident records, often decades into the past, and the fact that the cause might be toxic exposure over many years.
Most other states have recognised the problem and fixed their legislation, but Victoria lags behind, despite the support of Labor and Greens MPs to make the change.
Our petition calls on the Victorian Parliament to cut the red tape so fire fighters with cancer can get the help to which they are entitled, and concentrate on their treatment and recovery.
You will see our petition in local shops and volunteers are gathering signatures.
We urge your readers to sign the petition, and if they’d like to help fire fighters with cancer even more, to download it from www.vfbv.com.au/petition then collect signatures and send them to VFBV.
We need your help to send a clear appeal to government, that current compensation arrangements are unfair to the fire fighters who serve our community in our time of greatest need.
Bill Rodda, VFBV District 9 President, representing CFA volunteers.