Volunteer firefighters seek withdrawal of divisive union advertisement
Volunteer fire fighters in Gippsland have voiced their frustrations at a new ad campaign by the United Firefighters Union (UFU) titled 'professional firefighters - ready for anything'.
The campaign has drawn criticism from people believing it suggests the CFA and volunteer fire fighters are less qualified and equipped to protect their communities.
Erica and District Fire Brigade Secretary Russell Wright said "the campaign disregards the efforts and value of the region's volunteer fire fighters."
"It undervalues the contribution of years of hard work that volunteers put in to protect Victoria and its communities.
"The state government needs to step up and remind Victorians that the CFA is a world class organisation that has been delivering good service for decades and, despite what the union infers, its members are highly trained and ready for the task at hand.
"The government needs to condemn the campaign and vocalise support for volunteers," Mr Wright said.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, is joining calls for the government to denounce a "disrespectful scare campaign against Gippsland’s volunteer firefighters".
Ms Bath raised the issue in state parliament on behalf of Gippsland CFA volunteers, who she said are incensed by the union-funded advertising campaign that attacks the integrity of local volunteers.
Below: the disappointment is not with FRV but with the UFU