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Heavy Hazmat training commences - unprotected industrial action stopped

By: Mick Bourke

  11.00 AM 20 August, 2013

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CFA’s priority has been to ensure the hazmat training occurs in the shortest possible time. 

CFA’s application to the Fair Work Commission today, was to have the industrial action stopped, and for the UFU to notify its members to cease the ban on training for the Heavy Hazmat vehicle. Today’s action by CFA has resulted in the following arrangements being put in place:


  1. the UFU have advised its members to participate in the Heavy Hazmat training commencing immediately, training is now occurring at Shepparton;
  2. the UFU is to withdraw its grievance this afternoon;
  3. CFA will consult with the UFU on the new hot water heater as the remaining item of concern; and
  4. CFA’s application has been adjourned until midday this Thursday.  In the event that the arrangements are not put in place or further unprotected industrial action occurs, CFA will continue to proceed with its original application.

Our firefighters and soon our communities can start benefiting from the introduction of our new $15 million fleet of high-tech specialist appliances.


Our new Heavy Hazmat vehicles will replace existing Hazmat response vehicles at Ballarat City, Corio, Hallam and Shepparton; and provide state-of-the-art protection from chemical, biological and radiological incidents in and around country Victoria.


Training started at 2pm today, and the Heavy Hazmat is now expected to go into service within four weeks at Shepparton.




Mick Bourke

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