Bulletin No: 267 Volume: 21 Wednesday 30 December 2015
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
COMMUNITY RECOGNISES YOUR ONGOING DEDICATION TO THE PROTECTION OF VICTORIA
With Victoria’s bushfire season only a bit over a third of the way through, and already almost 140 homes lost, the UFU wishes to recognise the ongoing efforts of all our members during this difficult fire season.
UFU members have responded to an unprecedented number of calls, many of which are significant, with thousands alone being received over the Christmas period. No doubt your commitment to your duties saved homes, properties and lives.
We have received numerous calls from members of the public thanking firefighters for their efforts during this fire season. We wish to pass on these messages of gratitude to members.
To each member we thank you for your commitment and dedication to keeping Victoria as safe as possible during these times.
The UFU would like to particularly acknowledge the efforts of our recent recruit course graduates in both the CFA and MFB who have entered the job during such a trying time.
We of course also send our thoughts to those who have been affected by these fires, particularly the communities in the Otway’s who suffered on Christmas Day.
With temperatures on the rise again over the coming days we remind all UFU members who will be working to remain safe.
Should any member find themselves in need of support over this time we refer members to recent UFU Bulletin 241 regarding access to support services for both MFB and CFA members. For anyone experiencing difficulty contact details are as follows:
- For MFB personnel there is 24 hour access to a dedicated counselling service with psychologists by calling 1800 451 138 or 1300 366 789. If you call this service you can have immediate access to a psychologist via telephone or alternatively make an appointment. This service is also available for family members.
- Additionally for MFB personnel there is an extensive peer support programme where a clinician can be accessed by calling 9665 4405 or 0407 665 174 or the Peer Coordinator on 0417 538 289 or 9665 4516.
- CFA members can access Critical Incident Stress Peer Support by calling either the CFA Chaplain Service on 1800 337 068 or CFA Welfare Support on 1800 626 616.
We encourage you to use the above services provided by the MFB and CFA, but if you feel uncomfortable in doing so there are external support services which all can access.
On the beyondblue website https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ the following support services are listed that are external to the CFA and MFB and that are available to all.
The website has comprehensive information that deals with a range of mental health awareness and the support and help that is available.
The numbers for these services are as follows:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Services 1300 659 467
- beyondblue Support Service 1300 22 4636
If you require any assistance UFU Secretary Peter Marshall can also be contacted on 0419 127 004.
We wish you and your families a very happy New Years Eve and we look forward to continuing in 2016 as a strong and proud union.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary