FRV ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY
Since Saturday 4 July, several of inner Melbourne’s commission housing towers have been in lockdown.
On Monday 6 July, a request was made that FRV firefighters assist with the humanitarian effort required to ensure the good health of members of the community living at these locations.
On Monday evening, approximately 18 FRV appliances and over 90 FRV personnel attended towers in Flemington and North Melbourne. Also, on the ground were members of Victoria Police, several Government departments, community and religious groups. A special mention to FRV Multicultural Liaison Officers who, along with these community groups, procured food to distribute to residents in lockdown.
The UFU Branch Committee of Management is proud of UFU members who were integral to coordinating a joint response, that would see them go door-to-door with members of Victoria Police, with food and supplies for residents. Further to providing supplies, our members made inquiries as to the individual circumstances of each apartment, relaying with those on the ground any issues regarding missed medical appointments or low prescription medication.
Since Monday evening, FRV personnel/UFU members have continued to provide such support.
Strict COVID-19 protocols were adhered to, with full PPE worn by members, during this operation.
The UFU’s #1 priority will always be our members’ health and safety – this belief is shared by FRV.
Needless to say, this exceptional effort goes above and beyond the usual duties of professional career firefighters. We are living in extraordinary times and are proud of UFU members’ commitment to those in our community who are most vulnerable.
To respond in the manner that everyone did; with enthusiasm, kindness and professionalism, is a testament to UFU members as professional career firefighters and individuals.
FRV SLFF Colin Campbell, in his capacity as an FRV Multicultural Liaison Officer, who was in attendance last night, forwarded a text to the Union with a line that sums up our members’ response perfectly: