It is certainly true to say that our ensemble of PPE has grown over recent times (I’m sure members’ wet weather gear is not far away either…) increasing the protection and safety of members.
However, the ability to protect these articles and the safe storage of them hasn’t advanced quite as quickly.
Many stations still face the awkward task of balancing all of their PPE on a solitary hook, but it’s heartening that we are beginning to see progress in this area.
For example the recent upgrade to the PPE storage in Adelaide Station with the installation of “fit for purpose” lockers is a great improvement in safety for manual handling, access and egress, cleaning and protecting the crucial asset which is our PPE.
President Chas Thomas reckons we need a special big shout out from us all to members Nick “Shredder” Randles and Mark “Rusty” Russell for their work to champion, design and even to install the lockers. Great to see the chain of command supporting members initiative and diligence.
The project is close to completion and hopefully offers encouragement for members to put forward proposals for improvements in safety and operations. Well done to all involved.
NEW NOARLUNGA COMMAND STATION
We are assured by the MFS that the planning for the new Noarlunga Station is ongoing with UFUSA Member Craig Attard representing members on the Noarlunga Station Consultative Committee.
In the meantime, no one could disagree that members at Christie Downs Station have been more than patient over the last few years about the poor conditions at the station and we were really pleased that this has been acknowledged when discussing it with the Chief Officer. 2
As it is likely that the MFS will continue to be occupying the substandard Christies Downs Station for a considerable time to come, the Chief has kindly offered for some upgrades to be effected at the Station. He has stressed that this will occur outside the budget for the Noarlunga Station so will not affect that build or fit out.
Craig Attard has emailed all shifts seeking members to put forward priorities for minor works at Christie Downs Station and these will be considered by the MFS for immediate action. I was at the Station last month and ideas being discussed by members included an upgrade to IT which is currently very poor, and which could translate across to the new station. Perhaps the cold showers in the SO bathroom might also receive attention?
STATION OFFICER TO COMMANDER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY
Hopefully, as reported in WordBack No 31/2020, a resolution of the Senior Firefighter Level 2 Qualified matter is within reach. No response has been received yet from the employer, but we will keep you informed. Meantime, other positive developments are evident in the pipeline.
Commander Peter Reynolds attended our August meeting of the UFUSA State Council to update us on the progress of the SO to Commander Development Pathway.
State Council was impressed by the body of work to date reported and while we look forward to the provision of more details as they become available, a resolution was unanimously passed expressing our support in principle for the initiative to move forward.
DIESEL PARTICULATE MATTER (DPM) UPDATE
The MFS WHS Committee met this week and amongst other business considered a priority list and timeline for actions required to address the risk posed by DPM. The recommendations are now being considered by MFS management.
YOUR UNION OFFICE WORKING BEE
Monday, 7 September 2020
Please don’t forget the working bee on our union office building at 148 South Road Torrensville next Monday.
YOU own this building and the program of giving it loving care and attention through working bees, stage by stage is ongoing. The upgrade to this section of South Road still looks years away so meantime we are maintaining a major asset of the membership.
The next working bee is being held on Monday, 7 September 2020 from 09:00 to 1500 hours and you’re all warmly welcomed and encouraged to come along and join us.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided so please let us know if you are able to help by calling either Chas on 0413 002 656 or Stormy at the union office on 8352 7211 ASAP.