November 11, 2011

Inside this issue:

  • O’Farrell attacks Police D&D – firefighters next?
  • S/O Level 2 promotions update
  • Retained summit
  • Anti-Union faxes and flyers on stations
  • Electricity SOGs Training Audit banned

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October 15, 2009

Fire TruckInside this issue:

  • Motor drivers get the final word
  • No cap on Retained kilometres when responding from home
  • Claiming SOPP entitlements
  • New website up and running

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October 2, 2009

Blood PressureInside this issue:

  • Code Red update
  • Permanent sick leave and the Attendance Management Policy
  • Retained members and payment for pre-course assignments
  • Health checks for Hazmat and CFBT members

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October 1, 2009

CODE REDThe 20 members of Class 25 of the Station Officer Promotional Program (SOPP) were meant to graduate as Station Officers tomorrow. Instead you will see them soon back on the station as Leading Firefighters, making this the first class to not be promoted since the SOPP first commenced back in 2002.

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September 4, 2009

CertificateIn this issue:

  • Department attacks your qualifications
  • SOPP entitlements
  • Super delays

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February 22, 2009

2009 Station Officers’ Promotional Program

Recently the Union has received a number of complaints that the Department has been informing members who ask that the 2009 Station Officer Promotion Program has been delayed because of ongoing discussions with the Union regarding a reduction in the SOPP from 9 to 6 weeks duration. Whilst it is true that, yes, discussions on revised course content are ongoing, it is definitely not true that this is the reason the first SOPP is not starting in February. [Read more]

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November 18, 2008


Members sitting the SOPP Pre-Entry Test on Wednesday 19 November 2008 are entitled to the relevant provisions of Clause 16 of the Crown Employees (NSW Fire Brigades Firefighting Staff) Award 2008.
Members rostered for duty on the night shift prior to the day of the exams (ie “A” Platoon’s last night) will be granted paid leave from 2200 hours to 0800 hours.
Members who are rostered off duty shall be paid at overtime rates (see clause 16.10.1.2).
Members who are on annual or long service leave will be re-credited with the appropriate leave for the time spent attending the exams (see clause 16.10.1.1).
Time spent attending the examination is time worked. The provisions of clause 9.9 (requiring an eight hour break) apply in conjunction with clause 16.11, therefore those members who are rostered for night shift on the day of the exam should stand-off until they have had an 8 hour break from the conclusion of the final exam they attend. For example, if you finish an exam at 1600 hours and are rostered to start at 1800 hours that day, you should stand-off until midnight without loss of pay. If, however, you completed the examination at (say) 1700 hours then you would stand-off until 0100 hours the next day.
If your travelling time to and from the exam venue exceeds two hours each way, or if the return distance from your residence to the venue exceeds 175kms, you are entitled to either be provided accommodation by the Department, or to the accommodation allowance prescribed by clause 26.4.1.
Meal allowances, excess fares and travelling time may also be payable in line with Clause 26 – Travelling Compensation.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary
Members sitting the SOPP Pre-Entry Test on Wednesday 19 November 2008 are entitled to the relevant provisions of Clause 16 of the Crown Employees (NSW Fire Brigades Firefighting Staff) Award 2008.
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November 8, 2007

Inside this notice:

  • In Orders 2007/23 – Use of exercise equipment
  • New insurance arrangements for First State Super members
  • Risk Assessment worksheets banned
  •  Reminder on voluntary health assessments
  • Operation of relieving matrices
  • 2007 SOPP entitlements
  • Disclosure of personal details to Police
  • Workers who keep you safe rally – Nov 22nd [Read more]
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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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July 13, 2003

Inside this notice:

  • SGM to be held re SOPP
  • Carrying over marks from previous pre entry tests
  • Merit selection and eligibility lists
  • Discriminatory Dept. forced to pay up
  • New Commissioner

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