CFA chief douses public fears on split

PHOTO: Emma Hillier
NEW MODEL: CFA officers Mark Sharrock, Paul Scragg, Steven Warrington, Stewart Kreltszheim and Garth Lilley are united over changes that will remodel the organisation once legislation passes through parliament. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

CFA’S top fire officer has assured volunteer firefighters that they will keep their autonomy when it comes to operations and attending fires in their patch.

Chief Fire Officer Steven Warrington visited Wangaratta yesterday to sell an imminent split of the CFA and the establishment of Fire Rescue Victoria at 35 state locations.

He briefed paid and volunteer CFA members as part of a sweeping visit across the state including Shepparton, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Mildura and Bendigo this week, five of 35 integrated CFA brigades.

He extinguished fears from firefighters that have circulated about brigade operational takeovers and confirmed that brigade captains will remain in charge of fires in their towns despite the presence of Fire Rescue Victoria officers on scene.

Mr Warrington also agreed with members that there’s been a lack of consultation but assured them and the public of an equal or better emergency response model moving forward.

“Here’s the model, that’s what it’s going to be… we could be still arguing and debating but what I’m saying now is I get, let’s just suck it up, let’s look forward, let’s move on,” he said in relation to a lack of consultation and the future.

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