Volunteer firefighters who are tired of the dispute over the paid firefighters’ enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) have formed their own organisation.
The Victorian Volunteer Firefighters Association (VVFA) said it had split from the Victorian Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) because it had enough of the dispute over the paid firefighters’ EBA being politicised.
VVFA spokesman Raj Faour said it did not believed the EBA would sideline volunteer firefighters and did not believe the VFBV should have taken the Country Fire Authority to court over the EBA.
He said the CFA last week agreed to involve the VVFA in its consultations with volunteer firefighters.
The association had about 100 members, most of whom were in Melbourne but it did have some in western Victoria, Mr Faour said.
He said the VVFA would give individual volunteers a vote rather than brigade delegates as the VFBV did.