Reassuring

CFA state duty officer Stephen Walls on crazy Victorians:

Mr Walls said many Victorians still thought that in the event of a fire they would get “a fire truck at the door”, a prospect he said was “highly unlikely”.

Ha ha, they’re in for a big surprise!


Where to live if you do want a firetruck at your door.

While we’re on the subject, why is it that large parts of suburban Melbourne are not covered by the professional MFB, but instead left to the volunteer CFA? It’s not like Aspendale is any less suburban than, say, Camberwell; why don’t they get the same fire coverage?

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8 responses to “Reassuring

  1. My understanding is that many (most?) of the metropolitan CFA stations are staffed by paid employees, not volunteers.

    I could be wrong though.

  2. Probably for the same reason the metropolitan rail network hasn’t been extended in 50 years.

  3. People let them get away with it? They vote for candidates in marginal constituencies on religious issues instead of the provision of decent public services?

  4. I think you may be a bit fixated with religious issues. I live in an outer suburban electorate that has changed hands a couple of times. Religion doesn’t even rate a mention.

    It usually boils down to which ever party promises the most cash to special interest groups in the area for issues/projects that shouldn’t even be the role of government.

  5. I’m pretty sure he meant that only about if there are bushfires, not house fires, and that has always been the case, and I don’t think its even possible to change it.

    CFA has paid firefighters in outer suburban areas, and large towns:

    A list of stations with paid full time firefighers is at: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/joining/career_ff/career_faqs.htm

    It’s a weird anomaly that outer suburbs are still covered by the CFA, but it doesn’t seem to mean that living in the outer suburbs means your house can just burn down and no one will help you. It probably doesn’t mean you get a lesser service.

  6. thanks for the clarification topher

  7. What I have seen (with CFA member in-laws) is that is a standard turf war with CFA hierarchy not wanting to give up anything to their rivals at the MFB.

  8. The reason relates to the fire services levy which comes from insurance taxes. I forget the details.

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