SAAS AMBULANCE ASSIST TRAINING

MFS and SASS

Our union is glad to have achieved the rollout of training delivered by SAAS to assist our members in the performance of current work of the MFS when involved in Assist Ambulance calls and we congratulate all those involved in its development and delivery.

The practical workshop will provide instruction on how MFS personnel will safely and efficiently support SAAS to move and resuscitate patients, this will include reinforcement of safe work practices to reduce risk of injury while undertaking these tasks and familiarisation with equipment and vehicles. It should be noted that this training which has been requested by members is to assist with work currently performed and the employer has agreed it is not, nor is it designed for, an extension of duties.

With a prerequisite of 80 minutes online learning best conducted as a group, the practical program will commence on 19 September 2023 for Metro crews. Conducted at Salisbury, Port Noarlunga, and Adelaide Stations and Angle Park Training Centre the workshop will be of 2 1⁄2 hours in duration. The training will then be rolled out to Regional Operations aligned with respective station training schedules, where it will also be delivered by SAAS Instructors.

Optional online learning is also available for related areas such as for bariatric patients. There is ongoing discussion on matters such as when does patient retrieval become a technical rescue? Your feedback on all the above is of great value to us and can be forwarded to info@ufusa.com.au

OVER TIME DISCUSSIONS

Increasing concern is being raised in relation to achieving staffing numbers on shift and about the difficulties involved in the dependency to run the service on large amounts of overtime. Rising over time fatigue means it is getting harder to meet crewing requirements and a degree of flexibility has been required of us in order to ensure all trucks are being kept on the road. With the warmer months approaching, there will likely be even less staff available for overtime.

In this context MFS management has sought a meeting with the union to discuss an “overtime trial” and members of the UFU Executive will meet with management this Friday morning for that purpose. At this stage we have no detail of an MFS proposal for a trial but if appropriate the matter will be referred to the State Council next week and members will be kept informed of any developments.

DIRECT ENTRY PROJECT UNDERWAY

The first meeting of the Direct Entry Project Working Party was held yesterday Wednesday, 6 September 2023, to commence the development of the framework by which career firefighters can seek entry to employment with the MFS from other professional fire and rescue services.

The aim of the project is to facilitate the recruitment of eligible experienced firefighters in a transparent, merit-based and systematic way. The working party is looking at an entry point of Firefighter and Senior Firefighter, reviewing matters such as eligibility requirements, application processes, screening and selection, background checks, training and orientation to name just a few.

Our union is heartened that the employer has now recognised the benefit of such an initiative as urgent and that it will be implemented concurrently with the broader review of MFS recruitment. We look forward to working collectively on a positive outcome to be utilised as needed and agreed.

If you have a particular interest in this area of work or views about it, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line by email to info@ufusa.com.au

2023 JACK CROSSMAN MEMORIAL RETIREMENT SOCIAL

Congratulations to all members whose retirement was marked at the 2023 Jack Crossman Memorial Retirement Social held on 18 August at the Festival Function Centre. We thank them for their dedication and service to our community, noting service ranging from 15 to 45 years and wish them their well-earned long, happy and fulfilling retirement.

As always our union was proud to make one of our largest donations of the calendar to this function, to ensure that our retiring members and their partners are able to be welcomed as guests at the social which acknowledges such a significant milestone in their lives. Special thanks are extended to the Organising Committee and the FSCU Team for all their hard work in organising the function and also to our excellent MC for the evening, the ebullient Scott Rogers.

UFUSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Members are advised that the UFUSA will be holding our AGM at 10:30 hours on Thursday, 7 December 2023 at the UFU office at 148 South Road Torrensville, to be followed by a delicious spit roast lunch by Jason of Gourmandiser. The La La Latte coffee van will also again be present for the morning refreshments.

All members are invited to attend to receive a report on our activities over the last 12 months and the plans for the future, including funding considerations currently being reviewed by State Council. In particular membership consultation will be commencing shortly on our log of claims and the strategy for our next enterprise agreement; members are urged to be thinking about and discussing what’s important to you and what you’d like to collectively achieve in the next round of negotiations.

We are also hoping to meet the technical and time requirements for you to consider a change of our union rules to specifically permit electronic communication and ballot in union elections, ready for the 2024 UFUSA elections. This would operate in the same way as you currently electronically vote in ballots on your enterprise agreements. We’ll keep you informed.

It is appreciated if you would RSVP if you are able to attend the AGM on 7 December 2023 by emailing info@ufusa.com.au by 1 December 2023, and to advise us of any special dietary requirements.

I look forward to seeing you there.

In Unity

SAAS AMBULANCE ASSIST TRAINING

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