More firefighters for Canberra

A new enterprise bargaining agreement between the ACT Government and the United Firefighters Union (UFU) will see more local firefighters, new equipment and improved facilities to ensure ACT Fire and Rescue can continue to protect our growing city.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman the agreement will also see new investments in the health, safety and wellbeing of ACT Fire and Rescue staff.

“This agreement will see 99 additional firefighters in the ranks ACT Fire and Rescue over the coming years,” said Minister Gentleman.

“We have worked constructively with firefighters and their union to enhance the safety of our community and build on the investments we have already made.”

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said that the new ACT Fire & Rescue enterprise agreement is the result of a thorough and constructive bargaining process between the ACT Emergency Services Agency and the UFU.

“We’re proud to have collaboratively worked with the UFU to reach an agreement that is focused on continuing to strengthen safety for our firefighters and the ACT community,” said Commissioner Whelan.

“The new enterprise agreement is focused on building a modernised fire service, meeting the needs of firefighters, including investment in health, wellbeing and safety initiatives, revitalised allowance, skills and training incentives and staffing arrangements during the bushfire season.”

UFU Secretary Greg McConville noted that the agreement is a great outcome for ACT firefighters and the community.

“We are grateful the Government is investing in our firefighters to build a truly modernised fire and rescue service for the ACT,” said Mr McConville.

The new ACTF&R enterprise agreement has a four-year duration, with an expiry date in 2024.

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