Bulletin No: 006 | 10 January 2019
TO: ALL UFU MFB MEMBERS
West Footscray Fire update:
FORM LETTER TO PROVIDE TO YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER
- In Bulletin #003, the UFU outlined the grave concerns we have with the level of care (or lack thereof) being provided to members by the BMO: https://www.ufuvic.asn.au/bulletin/ufu-bulletin-003-issues-with-brigade-medical-officer-come-to-a-head/
- Due to members reports of the substandard level of care provided by the BMO, the UFU encourages all members to visit their family GP or the Epworth Hospital Casualty Department if they are experiencing symptoms from the West Footscray Fire.
- We provide below a form letter that members may utilise when visiting a medical practitioner.
- Finally, UFU members who attended the fire will receive a letter in the post this week or next with information in relation to welfare support and a database that the UFU is populating to record all members’ attendance at the fire. If you do not receive this letter by next Friday 18 January, please contact the UFU Office on 9419 8811.
REQUEST TO CONDUCT SCANS AND TESTING
Dear [Medical Practitioner],
My name is [name] and I am employed by [employer]. I am a [professional firefighter/job title].
A protracted fire incident occurred from 30 August to 14 September 2018 in the suburb of Tottenham, Victoria and became known as the West Footscray Fire. This Fire involved one industrial premise, a factory. The fire was ultimately contained to the factory of origin.
The contents of the factory, and the chemicals that we now know were illegally stored at this factory and that burned during the fire, remain largely unknown. The illegal storage of chemicals at the factory is now subject to a criminal investigation by Victoria Police.
I am aware that firefighters and other fire service personnel who attended the fire have experienced some or all of the following symptoms: blood noses, fatigue, headaches or migraines, pneumonia, flu-like symptoms or common colds, sinus issues, and itchy, weeping or sore eyes. Others have experienced feeling generally unwell or ‘under the weather’ since attending the fire.
I am also aware that some firefighters who have sought medical advice have had their symptoms connected with their exposure to chemicals and toxins at the fire.
I attended the fire on the following dates: [insert date/s].
At the fire, I performed the following tasks: [list tasks]
Since attending the fire, I have experienced the following symptoms: [list symptoms]
This exposure is a work-related injury of which I intend to lodge/have already lodged a WorkCover application.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary