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Outcome of Fair Work Commission

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19 Dec 2015
Planning for periods of heightened operational risk

With the assistance of the Fair Work Commission, the MFB has been able to resolve a dispute with the UFU regarding firefighter availability today.

This will ensure that the MFB continues to support the community of Melbourne and its surrounds.

Commenting on the Fair Work Commission's decision, MFB CEO Jim Higgins said that this matter revolved around firefighter and community safety.

"Our primary focus is to ensure the safety and welfare of our firefighters and the community we serve. In order to do so, we need to be in a position to respond to incidents as quickly and efficiently as possible, with the full capacity of firefighters and appliances."

"Our people put their safety on the line every day and the community can be assured we will be there when they need us."

"It is disappointing that senior operational officers have been tied up at the Fair Work Commission rather than being focused on operational matters impacting on the MFB on a day of total fire ban."

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