The Federal Government is to scrap its firefighting certification requirement for firefighters, saying it is a waste of money and is unfair to the more than 12,000 firefighters who train and serve across Australia.
The new firefighting requirements will see trained firefighters required to pass a firefighting test before being able to be issued a firefighter’s firefighting certificate, effectively ending the training requirement for the country’s more than 5,000 firefighting positions.
However, the Government says it has no plans to scrap the current requirements and will instead offer a $40,000 incentive to encourage more firefighters to pursue the certification.
“I think we’ve been very clear to the firefighters, to the community and to the Government that this is an absolute waste of taxpayer dollars and an unfair disadvantage for those who want to join the fire service,” Federal Minister Scott Emerson said.
Firefighter training in the ACT was “a very good training system” that had been “in place for quite some time” he said.
“It’s something that I think the public and the Government really appreciate and we will do something to honour that.”
Mr Emerson said he believed the Government would not “impose the same burden” on firefighters who are already in the fire force, but it was not clear if the decision would be made by the Federal Government in the next 12 months.
There is currently no requirement for firefighter certification for new recruits in the state, but that is changing in time for the state’s new firefighter training.
More than 20,000 people have applied for the new firefighter certification, which will be available to the public on August 1.
About 1,000 more firefighters have already applied for it.
Topics:government-and-politics,fire,fire-fighters,firefighting,federal—state-issues,alp,adelaide-5000,jacksonville-4810,vic,australiaFirst posted July 29, 2018 12:21:15Contact Paula HodgeMore stories from Victoria