VOLUNTEER firefighters in and around Wangaratta will be among those standing up against a proposed split of the Country Fire Authority.
The proposed split, reportedly put forward by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews at a cabinet meeting on Monday, recommends that the country-based CFA groups remain entirely volunteer-firefighter based while the Melbourne based groups would be entirely career-firefighter based.
Among the chief concerns of such a split is the resulting inability for the CFA to provide surge capacity and additional resources to rural areas, putting the local communities at risk in the event of a large scale fire.
Mick Jones, president of the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria District 23, which includes the city of Wangaratta and surrounding towns, spoke out against the proposal this week.
He said such a restructure would be detrimental to the local area.
“We are disappointed in what the Labor Government is doing,” Mr Jones said.
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