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v33#4 Victorian CFA acknowledge digital network failure, revert to analogue

In this edition - Similar to the rollout of the GWN (digital radio network) in Queensland some years ago, a digital network is currently being rolled out across Victoria for the MFB and the CFA. In January 2019, it was identified that a lack of coverage inside many buildings and lack of coverage in certain open areas was affecting digital radio communications and therefore putting the safety of firefighters at risk.

v33#3 Radios / Communications Taskforce set up in response to UFUQ survey into GWN / Radio problems

In this edition - As I reported to you in early December 2018, your union presented the results of a survey of UFUQ members working in the GWN network area to Commissioner Carroll. I thank the Commissioner for promptly establishing a 'Radio / Communications Taskforce' once the voices of those affected were reported to her.

v33#2 - 25th Anniversary – Southport Honda In memory of Sub-Station Officer Herbie Fennell and Firefighter Noel Watson

In this edition - This 11th of February 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fire at Southport Honda where Sub-Station Officer Herbie Fennell and Firefighter Noel Watson were killed in the line of duty.

v32#33 Christmas and New Year

In this edition - Christmas and New Year public holidays

v32#31 Minister for Fire and Rescue confirms government commitment to ‘2 in 2 out' (1+3)

In this edition - In a speech to Queensland Parliament on Tuesday 13 November 2018, Minister Craig Crawford stated – ‘I want to recognise our career firefighters…working in fire and rescue stations in Queensland. They respond to thousands of calls per year. They are on shift when you are asleep. It is a dangerous job (working) four on four off on A, B, C or D shifts at any station, one officer and three firefighters on a pumper is their life.’

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