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New firefighter cancer assessment panel and cancer compensation advisory service

By: Mick Bourke

  10.00 AM 27 August, 2013

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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.

Together with WorkSafe, CFA has launched a toll-free Firefighter Advisory Service. Career and volunteer firefighters can contact the service by calling 1800 060 729 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy52246 + '\'>'+addy_text52246+'<\/a>'; //--> for career firefighters or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy6556 + '\'>'+addy_text6556+'<\/a>'; //-->for volunteer firefighters.

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.

Last Updated: 10 December 2015