CFA break-up becomes law
A LONG-running political debate about the future of Victoria’s fire service was converted into law on Thursday when the state government passed a contentious bill.
The Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill was approved with the support of four cross-bench politicians, signalling the creation of new organisation Fire Services Victoria and the conversion of the CFA into a volunteer-only agency.
Fire Services Victoria will be staffed by paid firefighters, with Portland one of 38 “integrated stations” across the Victoria to be managed by FSV.
FSV will also replace brigades currently managed by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne.
“CFA volunteers currently serving at one of the state’s 38 career and integrated stations will be able to remain at that station if they choose to, co-locating with Fire Rescue Victoria services,” a spokesperson from the office of Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville said on Friday.