Bulletin No: 30 Volume: 20 Thursday 13 February 2014
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
TRIBUTES FLOW FOR FORMER CFA CHIEF OFFICER BRIAN POTTER
Yesterday evening Former CFA Chief Officer Brian Potter lost his battle with cancer and passed away surrounded with his family.
Tributes have been flowing for the former Chief Officer who, despite serious illness, has spent the last few years calling the CFA and Government to account on the contamination of Fiskville and to recognise occupational cancer for firefighters.
Mr Potter has been actively campaigning for the Victorian Government to introduce presumptive legislation to recognise occupational cancers for firefighters. He regularly attended the Victorian Parliament with firefighters whenever the issue was being debated.
He was also at the forefront of calling the CFA and the Government to take responsibility for the contamination of the CFA Fiskville training centre and to clean up the site as well as recognise and address the health implications including cancers that resulted from firefighters, CFA employees and their families living and training at the Fiskville campus.
Mr Potter’s stance was extraordinary given he was a former CFA Chief Officer. He upheld the honour and integrity of the role of Chief Officer by continuing to be vigilant about the health and welfare of firefighters and CFA employees and their families.
He was a gentleman and a great ambassador who always put his community and firefighters first.
Mr Potter was a crusader for justice who couldn’t look after themselves including firefighters who have already perished from occupational disease.
Sadly Mr Potter has passed away when presumptive legislation is not even on the Victorian Government’s legislative agenda.
This Government and decision-makers owe it to Mr Potter and firefighters to take responsibility for the fact that there are occupational cancers for firefighters and ensure firefighters are able to access their entitlements and assistance.
Mr Potter was the CFA Chief Officer from 1986 to 1991. He is survived by his wife Diane, four children and 10 grandchildren.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary