October 6, 1998

Yesterday the Commissioner NSWFB issued an e-mail message on the subject matter. It read as follows:

It is intended that the water tanker from Miranda be re-positioned at Engadine Fire Station with a retained firefighter crew. The recruitment process for retained firefighters has commenced and it is hoped that the water tanker at Engadine will be operational before Christmas. [Read more]

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September 24, 1998

Despite the fact the Department has done virtually everything it can to ensure that we do not reach a satisfactory agreement – and technically speaking, we still haven’t – the Union has agreed to allow the destaffing of the following 4 water tankers as of 0800 hours tomorrow morning: [Read more]

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September 18, 1998

Whist there is still no agreement at the time of writing, significant progress has been made in negotiations and formal agreement is now expected today. [Read more]

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September 4, 1998

On Friday July 24, the Union’s State Secretary forwarded a notice by facsimile to all of the above water tanker stations, advising members of the current situation for the relocation of tankers and members.

Whilst negotiations have now commenced, it is important that all members understand that there is still no agreement for the Union’s country staffing proposal, or for any relocation of any of the tankers or members. No agreement, no tankers – simple. [Read more]

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July 24, 1998

Members would be aware that as part of our country staffing offer to the Department, the six remaining permanently staffed water tankers are proposed to be transferred to retained staffing. Further, 35 Stn. will drop from a minimum of S/O & 4 to S/O & 3 per platoon.

However, it is important that everyone – including the Department – understands that we will be requiring formal agreement for the whole deal before we agree that any appliance or staff can be moved. The fact is that there is no such agreement – yet. [Read more]

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March 24, 1998

The Union has indicated its agreement that the destaffing of water tankers may commence as of 0800 hours this Friday September 25, subject to a number of conditions. In the case of the tankers at Miranda and Liverpool, this agreement is dependant upon aerial training commencing as soon as possible following the de-staffing of the water tankers, and the commissioning of the new aerial appliances as soon as all necessary training has been completed. [Read more]

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