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Scoresby CFA scores new $2.5 million Station

Scoresby CFA scores $2.5 million station upgrade

State Member for Rowville, Kim Wells and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin today announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will fund a new $2.5 million CFA station in Scoresby.

The Liberal Nationals will join with the Scoresby CFA to jointly fund the construction of a new CFA station at the current site on Sara Road, Scoresby, contributing $1.5 million towards the build.

The Scoresby CFA will contribute $1 million from existing assets and community fundraising efforts, reflecting the dedicated commitment of the volunteer brigade of 60 members which attends around 600 callouts each year.

The new larger station is designed to suit larger urban areas, such as Scoresby, which services call-outs to local residential areas, large commercial and industrial areas, parklands, Eastlink and Knox Council facilities. The new station will have the capacity to accommodate a pumper, tanker, hoselayer and a 4WD vehicle with 3-4 drive through motor bays.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin:

“The Liberal Nationals rebuilt or upgraded more than 250 CFA stations when last in government and we are committed to continuing our strong tradition of supporting the CFA.

These new facilities will improve the health and safety for all volunteers so they can continue to keep not only Rowville, but all Victorians safe.

The Liberal Nationals are building a safer Victoria by ensuring Scoresby is better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies than ever before.”

Comments attributable to Member for Rowville, Kim Wells:

“It is vital that the Scoresby community has the resources it needs to fight fires and protect our communities when we need help the most and this new facility will provide that.

This investment will provide our hardworking firefighters with the necessary equipment and facilities to accommodate firefighting vehicles and train firefighting crews. This will be an enormous benefit to Scoresby, the City of Knox and the surrounding communities for years to come.

Only a Matthew Guy led Liberal Nationals Government will fund this important infrastructure project, which will strengthen Knox’s emergency services.”

Andrews Labor Government must stop selective and misleading reporting of firefighting response times.

Members Statement 

Mr WELLS (Rowville) (15:58:18) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government for its selective and misleading reporting of firefighting response times. Labor’s release of data is not about transparency but is a malicious attack on the service delivery model of the Country Fire Authority (CFA), directed at undermining the efforts of our hardworking CFA firefighters. The government is deeply critical of the CFA response times, while holding the CFA to vastly different standards from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). Each CFA brigade is examined right down to the number and percentage of incidents where the brigade attends within the expected service delivery standards. There are statistics for significant urban areas, urban areas and rural areas, and maps of the aggregates of these statistics.

The Premier has cherry-picked which statistics to release, scrutinising the CFA brigade by brigade, while ignoring that CFA brigades are dispatched by 000 to work side-by-side with neighbouring brigades and neighbouring MFB stations. The CFA website states that 000 usually dispatches two brigades to provide immediate assistance, yet these CFA brigade area statistics do not include any of the times where a CFA brigade responds to incidents in neighbouring brigade areas. We do not even know how many times this occurs. In my own electorate, the Rowville and Scoresby CFA brigades often attend road accidents, chemical spills and other incidents on major roads. Emergency medical callouts are not counted in these statistics either. This data is a complete smokescreen by the Premier.

Labor Desperately Silences Debate on Divisive CFA Bill

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government for its failure to allow further debate on its fire services reform bill by adjourning early in the Legislative Council on Friday, 8 September. It is now over 460 days since the Premier emphatically stated that he had ended the Country Fire Authority (CFA) dispute; however, he and his government continue to show total disrespect for Victoria’s 60 000 CFA volunteers through their gutless political manoeuvrings and tactics to destroy the CFA in order to appease and provide political payback to Peter Marshall and his mates in the United Firefighters Union. Continue reading

Andrews has dismissed the collective wisdom and experience of 60 000 trained volunteer firefighters

Tuesday, 6th JUNE 2017

Members Statement

WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government’s dangerous and divisive policy to segregate volunteers from paid firefighters in 35 outer suburban fire stations.

Labor’s radical policy move to restructure Victoria’s fire services has never been recommended in any official review into the fire services. Deliberately the government has not allowed any public debate or consultation with Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria. This Premier, in his arrogance, has dismissed the collective wisdom and experience of 60 000 trained volunteer firefighters. Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers have been left in the dark about how they will operate under the new regime.

CFA members have flooded my email with concerns about the impact of a restructure. For example, the integrated station at Rowville in my electorate will have paid staff who could become employees of the new service, Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV), but how this will actually work in terms of them accessing the same pay and conditions is not at all clear. CFA volunteers at Rowville will suddenly become outsiders on Fire Rescue Victoria turf, segregated in an entirely separate organisation while still training and attending jobs at the same station as their paid FRV counterparts. Less than 5 kilometres away at the fully volunteer-run Scoresby station volunteers — many with years of skill and experience — could be answerable to paid FRV staff. There is no guarantee that resources belonging to the CFA, including assets purchased through local fundraising, will remain with the CFA. Training will be conducted by FRV but access for volunteers to training is uncertain.

Emergency Services Minister Questioned About CFA Integration

Tuesday, 6th JUNE 2017

Constituency question

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — (12 744) The constituency question I wish to raise is for the Minister for Emergency Services.Days after Labor announced it would ride a United Firefighters Union wrecking ball through the Country Fire Authority (CFA), the CFA chief officer, Steve Warrington, stated emphatically in a video message to CFA members, and I quote:

… any suggestion that we are not providing a quality service to the Victorian community is absolute rubbish.

Minister, when Labor’s own CFA chief officer has no concerns about safety or quality of service to the Victorian community with the current integrated CFA model and the independent fire services review in 2015 recommending strengthening integration, recommendations which your government committed to adopting in March 2016, where is the justification to divide volunteers from paid members in the CFA.

Emergency Services Minister questioned on when the CFA volunteers will be booted out of all intergrated CFA stations

24th MAY, 2017

Constituency question 

 Mr WELLS (Rowville) — (12 673) The constituency question I wish to raise is for the Minister for Emergency Services. Minister, a large number of people from my electorate, served by both an integrated and a volunteer Country Fire Authority (CFA) station, have contacted me about your latest announcement to split CFA volunteers from working alongside paid firefighters in order to force through your failed enterprise bargaining agreement and appease United Firefighters Union secretary Peter Marshall.

Minister, I ask on behalf of the hardworking people in the CFA in my electorate: how long will it be before you call for yet another review which will boot the CFA volunteers out of all integrated CFA stations and shut down all volunteer CFA stations in the Melbourne metropolitan area?