Bulletin No: 048 | 26 April 2019
To: ALL UFU MEMBERS
UFU CAMPAIGN AGAINST TOXIC DUMPING CONTINUES
Radio ads launched today
As members are aware, the UFU recently launched a community awareness campaign to raise awareness about the effects toxic chemical fires have on career firefighters and to hold toxic dumpers accountable for their actions.
Following the recent front pages in The Age, which both highlighted significant concerns that the UFU has had in relation to members who have fallen ill as a result of exposure to unknown chemical substances due to illegal toxic dumping, the UFU today continued its campaign with a media blitz.
To date, the UFU has:
- Organised digital and print media to generate awareness of the damage on firefighter health and safety, perpetrated by illegal dumpers
- Engaged in TV and radio interviews involving career firefighters affected by the fires, so that they could tell their stories
- Written to MFB and CFA seeking their support for stronger laws that range from incarceration to significant fines, as well as the ability for injured career firefighters or their families to commence civil action against operators responsible for the illegal dumping of chemical waste. Both the MFB and CFA have expressed support for the UFU campaign
- Produced a number of social media video clips, which will continue to be published, featuring career firefighters who were deployed to these fires and as a result have suffered illness
- Produced commercial radio ads commencing today calling for incarceration of persons responsible for the transporting and dumping of illegal toxic waste
- The UFU has also written to government seeking harsher legislation, which serves not only as a major deterrent due to threat of significant penalties and incarceration, but also enables the court of law to prosecute responsible persons.
This campaign will continue until perpetrators of these crimes, and any other person who seeks to follow this criminal business model, are brought to account, as they ultimately affect the short and long-term health of responding career firefighters and the community.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary