Premier Weatherill Please Support Volunteer Firefighters Too
  • Petitioned Premier Jay Weatherill MP

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Premier Jay Weatherill MP

Premier Weatherill Please Support Volunteer Firefighters Too

    1. Tammy Franks Greens MLC
    2. Petition by

      Tammy Franks Greens MLC

      Adelaide, Australia

Did you know that firefighters have five times the rate of cancer as the general population and studies consistently show that they are at significantly greater risk of certain cancers because of their exposure to toxic smoke and chemicals through the course of their duties?

In working to save the lives and livelihoods of people across Australia, paid MFS firefighters and Country Fire Service volunteers fight fires to keep us safe. Now it’s our turn to protect them, but we need your help!

In November 2011 Adam Bandt, Greens MP for Melbourne’s  Fair Protection for Firefighters bill recognising the causal link between fire-fighting and certain cancers passed through the Federal Parliament and became law.

Since then the Greens have championed the cause at state level - approaching then Ministers Snelling and Wortley to seek their support for similar protections to apply in SA.

Last year the SA State Government moved, announcing plans forpaid firefighters to receive automatic WorkCover compensation and assistance should they contract one of 12 specified work-related cancers. While this is an important first step in the right direction, this legislation would leave the State’s 13,500 Country Fire Service (CFS) volunteers lacking in protection should they contract a work-related cancer.

Volunteer firefighters fight the same types of fires as their paid comrades, often shoulder to shoulder and have long been treated as 'workers' under the relevant Act. They put their lives on the line every time they front up to fight a fire. Now it’s time the community showed them we value and respect their dedication, bravery and hard work.

The Greens’ Workers, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Protection for Firefighters) Amendment Bill 2012  will ensure WorkCover compensation and rehabilitation will be available to ALL firefighters who contract a specified work related cancer.

Carcinogens don’t discriminate, so why does the Weatherill Government?

Please sign and share this petition urging the government to protect both paid and volunteer firefighters!

 

To:
Premier Jay Weatherill MP
Please act to ensure both career AND volunteer firefighters receive the same protection and assistance from Workcover should they acquire a work-related cancer in the course of their duties.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Michael Adams MIDDLRTON, AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      As an ex volunteer CFS member I could be at risk, so I am in full support of this legislation

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    • John Martens AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      Same treatment for All fire fighters.

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    • Graeme Dudfield AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      The volunteers put their lives on the line too when they respond to a callout. They are governed by the same WHS laws as the paid Fireys who deserve it too

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    • Cindy Baker AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      My 22 year old son is a dedicated member of the Happy Valley CFS.

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    • Annette Luciani MAITLAND, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      My husband is a Volunteer CFS member & an a credited Breathing Apparatus Operator.

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