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CFA leadership training cut under Labor

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to reinstate funding for Volunteer Fire Brigade Victoria’s leadership training program.

Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Government has cancelled the program in its latest attack on CFA volunteers.

“Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria initiated this volunteer leadership opportunity in 2010 with 327 volunteers graduating over eight years since the commencement of the program,” Mr O’Brien said.

“At a time when we should be strengthening our emergency services and enhancing volunteerism, it is extremely disappointing that the government will not support it.

“The Andrews Labor Government says it cares about volunteers, yet it is slashing important programs that enable volunteers to be better equipped to protect our state.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, in Parliament recently called on the Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino to reinstate funding for this vital program.

Ms Bath said the program was so successful that it extended its reach to include volunteers from other emergency service organisations such as the SES, coast guard, Ambulance Victoria, Lifesaving Victoria and St John Ambulance.

“The course was run in conjunction with Chisholm Institute with participants working on a project relevant to their community to develop realistic and practical solutions,” Ms Bath said.

“I call on the Minister to reconsider his decision not to support this program and support our emergency service volunteers.”

Mr O’Brien and Ms Bath recently met with Ruby CFA volunteer, Darren Hardacre, one of the local CFA volunteers who has obtained a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management under the program.


Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath with CFA volunteer Darren Hardacre who has completed the leadership program.

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