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Australia Compensate volunteer firefighters: Labor

01:30  20 december  2019
01:30  20 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

NSW firefighters crowdfunding upgraded face masks amid claims RFS gear insufficient

  NSW firefighters crowdfunding upgraded face masks amid claims RFS gear insufficient Some NSW fire crews are resorting to crowdfunding to buy upgraded face masks although the Rural Fire Service says standard-issue gear is rigorously tested.Copacabana on the NSW Central Coast and Ingleside in Sydney's north are among several brigades that have started grassroots campaigns appealing for funds to buy more face masks.

A volunteer fire department (VFD) is a fire department composed of volunteers who perform fire suppression and other related emergency services for a local jurisdiction.

The volunteer firefighter is such a familiar staple of American life that most people don't question the situation. Yes, these people are brave for battling As per U.S. Department of Labor rules, volunteer firefighters may be paid up to 20% of what career firefighters make for the same amount of time, but

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Volunteer firefighters should be compensated through tax breaks, one-off payments or special leave entitlements, the federal opposition believes.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese says the firefighters have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their community and deserve an equal commitment back.

"We need to do more to make sure that people aren't out of pocket, that they're not in a position of choosing whether to go out on another run, or whether to have to go to work and provide for their family," he said.

Should volunteer firefighters get paid?

  Should volunteer firefighters get paid? While volunteer firefighters are entitled to compensation if they're injured while on the ground, they otherwise receive very little assistance. Their efforts have sparked widespread calls for compensation.

Here in Australia all Rural Firefighters are volunteer except for our Area Director & higher plus a few staff that take on full time jobs and are paid by our overhead organisation, in Queensland it is Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES) an off shoot of the state government.

The large majority of firefighters in the United States are volunteers . It’s been a long-held position of the IAFF that volunteer firefighters take jobs away Volunteers are required to complete the same training hours and respond to the same emergency calls, performing labor with ZERO compensation

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Volunteer firefighters approaching 100 days away from jobs ask for more financial help .
Volunteer firefighters in New South Wales are calling for greater financial support from government as many firies clock up 100 days. Fires have devastated much of the state's east coast for weeks, with the northern tablelands ablaze since September.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Federal public service employees would be eligible for four weeks' paid leave.However, he has so far ruled out expanding such support to non-government workers or those who are self-employed.

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