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We've done it, Equal Standards and Presumptive Cancer Legislation for all WA Firefighters

It's been a long time coming, and we're ecstatic to say the least!

The devil will be in the detail, especially in relation to the need for firefighters to prove that they have been exposed to 'hazardous fires' rather than simply attending any fire (be it a bush, structure, property or rubbish fire).

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Volunteer and former firefighters can now apply for compensation after the WA Parliament passed legislation recognising the risk of carcinogens released during fires.
news.wa.gov.au

Progress at last for the Presumptive Cancer legislation covering ALL WA firefighters. This is a great advancement, and a win, for everyone that has worked hard to achieve #cancerequality.

Unfortunately, crews will only be covered if they can prove they attend what the bill terms a 'hazardous fire'. Everyone knows that all fires are hazardous to health. Nonetheless, we have taken a giant step in the right direction!

To be eligible, a firefighter must attend hazardous fires at... a rate at least equivalent to 5 per year if you are a volunteer or a non-DFES career firefighter (i.e. PaW). Hazardous fire refers to:
(a) a fire in a building; or
(b) a fire in a vehicle, whether designed to move under its own power or to be towed and whether or not still moveable; or
(c) a fire involving non-organic refuse or rubbish created by humans; or
(d) a fire that is prescribed to be a hazardous fire for the purposes of this Division.

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Progress is slow, but progress is progress no less!
"I expect the introduction of that legislation [presumptive cover] to be imminent"

The Association Of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA (Inc) have a hansard excerpt at the link below:
http://avbfb.org.au/bl…/qwn-presumptive-laws-for-volunteers/

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms M. QUIRK to the M…
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Still waiting for Presumptive Cancer Legislation for ALL WA Firefighters.

Career, Volunteer, DPaW or otherwise. All Firefighters deserve a fair go.
Equal Standards and Presumptive Cancer Legislation for all WA Firefighters

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Singleton Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade added 2 new photos.

With all the smoke around at the moment from prescribed burns in the area, it's understandable to be complacent about any smoke.

Crews currently on scene, making safe a mobile property fire.

Please keep up the good work with a careful lookout in you your local communities.

A Volunteer bush fire brigade called to a structure fire today...

Looking forward to #cancerequality passing through parliament.
Equal Standards and Presumptive Cancer Legislation for all WA Firefighters

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West Swan Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade added 4 new photos.

West Swan Volunteers assisted crews today from Bullsbrook Volunteers, Welshpool Career firefighters and East Swan Volunteers at a Shed Fire. Crews contained the... fire to the shed and stopped any fire spread to grasslands and any neighbouring buildings. .......(note - These photos were taken and posted with the expressed permission of the officer in charge of the incident)

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Compensation entitlement for volunteer and former firefighters who contract a prescribed cancer Legislation recognises cancer risk from carcinogens released during fires Emergency Services Minister...
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TWO long-time Territory firefighters battling cancer have hit out at the NT Government for “cruelly” leaving sick firies out of new legislation designed to allow them access to workers’ compensation.
ntnews.com.au

The State Government still showing little concern for Western Australia's Firefighters.

#cancerequality
Equal Standards and Presumptive Cancer Legislation for all WA Firefighters

Association Of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA (Inc)

Retweeted MQuirk (@QuirkyMLA):

Minister refuses to update Leg Council on presumptive cancer laws for vollies apparently no new news since last questioned in April #wapol

A Volunteer Bush Firefighter wrote to Mr Francis seeking information on the status of Presumptive Cancer Legislation for ALL WA Firefighters. Mr Francis' rather disappointing reply is pictured below.

Magaret Quirk (MLA) stated:
"I am disappointed by the Minister’s response.

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I am particularly concerned that Bushfire Brigades may be excluded by the laws. This was not adequately explained before the election and you have every right to be unhappy.

We will keep fighting on your behalf!"

Please note that DPaW Firefighters and other Volunteers will also remain ignored by the proposed changes.

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Volunteer Firefighters from the Northern Suburbs have been out and about with our Petition.
If you can, please take a copy with you to community events and put it out for the public to sign.

#Cancerequality
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You walk into a department store and pick up that brightly colored shirt you've been looking for all over town. However, on the rack you notice a sign that rea…
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WA might be seeing some of this in the future. Please share our page so that we can build support for ALL WA Firefighters.
Equal Standards and Presumptive Cancer Legislation for all WA Firefighters

http://tenplay.com.au/news/melbourne/2014/6/15/firies-rally

Hundreds of volunteer firefighters rallied in Victoria today, demanding equal access to government compensation if they develop cancer
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Firefighters have dismissed a government panel set up to help firefighters with cancer seek compensation as a waste of time, with volunteers claiming they are not getting treated the same as the professionals.
theage.com.au
They're trained to run into burning buildings and save lives, but Minnesota firefighters are facing a silent danger long after the flames are out. Studies show more than half of all line-of-duty deaths in firefighting are now caused by cancer. It's a diagnosis Minnesota firefighters know all too wel…
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