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New firefighter cancer assessment panel and cancer compensation advisory service
Last week The Victorian Government announced the formation of a Firefighters Assessment Panel to help manage and assess career and volunteer firefighter cancer-related claims.
This announcement, and today's from the State Government, promoting a centralised Firefighter Advisory Service that can answer enquiries and offer advice about work-related cancer claims, is important news for our past and present members.
The health and safety of CFA members will always be our number one priority and we welcome any initiative that supports them.
Past and present firefighters who contract cancer through firefighting are entitled to compensation, either through CFA (for volunteers) or WorkSafe Victoria (for career firefighters).
The Firefighters Assessment Panel will be managed by WorkSafe with the support of CFA and comprises expert medical, technical and claims specialists to ensure prompt, compassionate and fair assessments for all firefighter cancer-related claims.
Volunteer firefighters who would like information about making a claim can visit CFA's website. Career firefighters can access information about making a claim through WorkSafe's website or via the link on the CFA website.
Please remember that CFA provides a range of welfare services to support members and their immediate family members who may need support in response to these difficult and potentially traumatic life events.
We are here to support you, as you do your community every day.