January 14, 2011

Inside this issue:

  • Queensland Rescue/USAR Task force
  • PSTP and attainment of qualifications
  • Membership cards and helmet stickers

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December 5, 2008


Most members would by now be aware that a concerted campaign to over turn a State Rescue Board (SRB) decision to decommission eight ambulance rescue units in the Greater Sydney Area has failed. Nine fire brigades will instead carry out the work of the Sydney based ambulance units meaning a safer, more effective and more consistent approach to rescue.
The SRB yesterday recommended that the decision to accredit fire brigades rather than ambulance units should be upheld and this morning Minister for Emergency Services Tony Kelly announced he was adopting the recommendation. Credit should now go where it is due and Commissioner Greg Mullins should be congratulated for standing up for the interests of the NSW Fire Brigades. Credit also to both Minister Tony Kelly and the Secretary of Unions NSW Mark Lennon for standing up to internal factional pressure from within the Australian Labor Party to over turn the decision.
Most importantly of all however is credit to all members of the FBEU for the patience, professionalism and dedication with which we have all carried ourselves. The Government is fully aware of both the sting the FBEU can deliver and the discipline its members can manage in the face of provocation. With the issue of rescue now tucked away we must all try to put this behind us and move forward in working cooperatively and in the interests of the general public.
Our Union has fought for thirty years to deliver the best and most appropriate rescue service possible and today that position has been vindicated. Thank you all for your patience and your support for the Union in a difficult period.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary


Most members would by now be aware that a concerted campaign to over turn a State Rescue Board (SRB) decision to decommission eight ambulance rescue units in the Greater Sydney Area has failed. Nine fire brigades will instead carry out the work of the Sydney based ambulance units meaning a safer, more effective and more consistent approach to rescue. [Read more]

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November 27, 2008

As most members would by now be aware the NSW Government has been getting lobbied heavily by the Health Services Union over the decision to replace 8 ambulance rescue units with 9 NSWFB rescue units. The decision to hand over rescue to the fire brigades has been a long time coming and is fully supported by both the FBEU and the Department.

The Union has now held four meetings with ‘Unions NSW’ since the decision was made to hand over these rescue units to firefighters. At every one of these meetings it has strenuously argued that firefighters should be carrying out rescue work and ambulance personnel should be carrying out medical work. The Union has pointed out that while every professional fire brigade in the state is required to carry rescue equipment to cut through bars on windows and doors – fire fighters are now being required to attend to medical emergencies because the ambulance service cannot get sufficient ambulances on the road.
The FBEU has been absolutely clear that the people of NSW should not suffer because the government wants to do favours for its ALP factional mates while people’s lives are at risk. The FBEU has struggled to maintain a disciplined and dignified line on the machinations occurring in the Parliament. Hoping that common sense would prevail and that this government would put the interests of the community over and above grubby political deals.
The dispute over this issue is due for hearing in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission tomorrow Friday November 28th. The Union is now very concerned that despite having the case put very clearly to it on no less than four occasions the government may in fact capitulate to factional lobbying and roll back the decision. The FBEU has written to the judge scheduled to hear the matter and laid out the Union’s position (details available on web site).
The Union is now very concerned that this matter may have very, very serious consequences for the ongoing working relationship between emergency services workers and asks all members to please maintain a calm and measured response what ever the out come tomorrow.
For further details contact your State Committee of Management representative.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary

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September 12, 2003

Inside this notice:

  • Award negotiations begin
  • Senior firefighters eligbility to sit SOPP
  • Salary Sacrifice – Stargarden claims another victim
  • Breakfast allowance dispute
  • Inspectors acting up to Superintendent
  • Eligibility for Rescue Allowance
  • Rank Insignia – Higher Duties and the Crown
  • Policy reminder re Police Operations
  • Policy reminder re Helmet Stickers – Its your choice
  • Eagan’s Fire Service funding review

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April 21, 1998

To all Station Delegates and Members – Rescue Stations:

You are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of the Union’s Rescue Sub-Committee to be held – [Read more]

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May 16, 1997

(This notice has been reproduced from the NSW Firefighter’s “Red Messages”, Autumn 1997 Edition)

As part of the agreement for a new Award, the Union was successful in securing recognition for rescue qualified members in terms of out-duties. [Read more]

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November 1, 1996

The Union has been informed by members at Rescue Monitor Stations that there is some confusion by management over the staffing requirements for these appliances. [Read more]

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