TO ALL UFUA MEMBERS
FEDERAL PARLIAMENT ANNOUNCES SENATE INQUIRY INTO AVIATION FIREFIGHTING
The Aviation Branch of the UFUA has been pursuing a political agenda to ensure there is a mechanism to protect and enhance standards of fire cover and emergency response at airports across Australia.
This program of works has been supported by the National Office of the UFUA with both the Aviation Branch Secretary and UFUA National Secretary lobbying Federal MPs to secure a review into Air Services Australia and the provision of rescue, firefighting and emergency response at Australian airports.
As a result of this work the Federal Parliament has today endorsed a Senate Inquiry into these matters.
The Inquiry will be conducted by the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee who will inquire into and report on the provision of rescue, firefighting and emergency response at Australian airports.
The terms of reference for the Inquiry are as follows:
(a) the current standards applicable to the provision of aerodrome rescue and firefighting services relating to community safety and the emergency personnel safety;
(b) the standards for the provision of emergency response at Australian airports, including emergency medical response and response to structure fires and other incidents;
(c) the comparison of safe systems of emergency response standards and systems of work for firefighting and rescue operations for structure fires, aircraft rescue, emergency medical response and other emergency incidents;
(d) the consideration of best practice, including relevant international standards;
(e) the mechanisms and criteria for the review of the provisions of safety standards for the provision of rescue and firefighting services, if any;
(f) a review of Airservices Australia policy and administration of aviation rescue and firefighting services;
(g) the effectiveness and independence of the regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), to uphold aviation rescue and firefighting safety standards;
(h) the impact on Australia’s national and international reputation and aviation safety record as a result of any lowering of aviation rescue and firefighting services; and
(i) any other related matters.
This inquiry is an opportunity for the Aviation Branch and UFUA to make submissions and to protect and improve community and firefighter safety in relation to aviation fire services.
We welcome the announcement.