Posted on 13. Sep, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Government’s decision to cut $66 million from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority will affect fire services right across Victoria, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews said today.

Mr Andrews joined more than 1000 career, volunteer fire-fighters and support staff who took to the steps of parliament today to voice their opposition to the Baillieu Government’s cuts that will see shortfalls in essential training.

“The Baillieu Government’s funding cuts to Victoria’s fire brigades will see a reduction in career staff, fewer fire-fighters on duty per shift and staff vacancies not filled,” Mr Andrews said.

“Recruit training courses are being cut and reviewed with both career and volunteer fire-fighters having to receive interstate training.

“Labor recognises the significant contribution that career fire-fighters and support staff make across Victoria.

“The states fire-fighters’ put their lives at risk every day to protect the community and deserve more from the Baillieu Government, “Mr Andrews said.

“Cuts to the CFA and MFB together with the failures to underground powerlines and meet prescribed burning targets in areas of high bushfire risk, show a complete disregard on fire ready priorities of the Baillieu Government.

“Labor stands side by side with Victorian fire-fighters and will fight these savage funding cuts.

“Victorian fire-fighters deserve better than to be short changed in support services and vital training”.

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