President Chas Thomas warmly welcomed 18 new firefighters to our ranks last week, with hearty congratulations on the successful completion of the demanding Recruit Training in decidedly challenging circumstances. Our congratulations are also extended to members involved in delivering the training to Recruit Squad 58, also in very challenging times.
ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT PROTEST ACTION
Friday night was busy for many members at stations around Adelaide, where once again we took our message to the streets to tell the public about our struggle for safety and resourcing in the MFS and the government’s abject failure to negotiate a wage increase in our new EA. This time our protest took place on major arterial roads for the afternoon peak hour with members giving their own time to let the public know about our concerns for their safety and ours, on a day of severe fire danger. We have received many photos of the different activities, so thank you to all who sent them in and it’s rather an understatement to say we are heartened by the public response we received. Thank you to all the many legends who turned out on behalf of all firefighters, particularly those with such foresight that they brought their own lifeboat! Whatever next?
PFAS TESTING -MEMBERS URGED TO PARTICIPATE
Members have been advised via MFS Memorandum No 93/2021 that a second round of testing for Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is now available to current and former employees on a voluntary and depersonalised basis. Members are urged to participate in the blood testing even if you have previously returned a low result or if you have not been tested before, as a large sample size is of benefit for all firefighters in measuring outcomes. This is particularly important as while the MFS believes the issue has been managed, it can only be confirmed that occupational exposure pathways within the MFS have been eliminated if the levels of PFAS in the workforce are widely measured. Memo No 93 and the consent form are available on the Members Only Website (M0W) and you only have until 1 April 2022 to act.
VALE BOB OVERALL
FIREFIGHTER & FORMER UNION SECRETARY
Robert Hugall (Bob) Overall
14/6/1937 – 4/11/2021
We note with great sadness the death of retired member and former official of the union, Bob Overall. Between 1967 and 1974, Bob was employed as a Firefighter by the MFS, at Adelaide Station, serving the union as the Secretary of the former Firefighters Association ofSA from 1971 to 1976. Bob’s work for firefighters is acknowledged with gratitude and our deepest sympathy is extended to Bob’s family and friends.