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FBEU SITREP 1/2009 “First FBEU SITREP”

Prelude

While not published by me, this is the first ever FBEU SITREP founded by the State Secretary, Jim Casey, and myself soon after being elected in 2009. Jim and I came up with this name and format after discussion with our Vice Presidents, Travis Broadhurst and Matthew Murray. I thought it worthy of keeping a record of for the future.

July 3, 2009

SITREP PicInside this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Change in leadership
  • Delegates
  • Website
  • Meeting with the Commissioner

Welcome comrades to the first “SITREP” – the new weekly FBEU update. It’s intended that these updates, which replace the sporadic Union notices of the past, will be issued at the end of each week. Future Union notices of an urgent nature will appear under a new and separate “CODE RED” banner.

Change in leadership

The dust is beginning to settle on the Union elections, and the new leadership team is coming to grips with the many outstanding issues we face. While the newly elected State Committee is yet to formally meet, officials are already taking on local issues across the state.

Delegates

Work has already commenced on the Delegates’ Conference to be held later this year. This will become a central part of our Union’s democratic process in the years to come. If your station doesn’t have a Station Delegate then consider putting your hand up for the job. For further information refer to the Union’s website or contact your local SCoM representative.

Website

The Union website is being redesigned to make it more member friendly. The Members’ Forum is up for a full overhaul, in response to steady complaints over it’s clumsy and user-unfriendly operation. We will launch the revised site shortly.

Meeting with the Commissioner

This week the State President, Darin Sullivan and I met with Commissioner Mullins and Deputy Commissioner Benson. While there is always going to be a tension between those who run the Brigades and the Union, the meeting was a fruitful one. We will be working hard to secure agreement with the Department on the issues that can be resolved, so as best to prepare the ground for those that can’t.

Jim Casey

State Secretary

About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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