v33#16 UPDATE: No Knock Knock for Fire and Rescue
In this edition - In my Code 2 to you on Friday 2 August 2019 I reported that knock knock was knocking again (this year called Operation Community Connect Circus).
v33#15 QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY CIRCUS
In this edition - You may have recently been quietly advised that QFES has again made the decision to force you to perform Operation Knock Knock (this year it’s called the Operation Community Connect Circus).
v33#14 QFES confirm complete removal of Temporary Firefighters across Queensland
In this edition - As you will recall, in March 2016 QFES signed a Deed of Agreement with your union for the removal of Temporary Firefighters across Queensland.
v33#13 VEHICLE PERFORMANCE MONITORING – TELEMATICS TRIAL COMMENCES
In this edition - Late in 2018 QFES came and met with your union to discuss a proposal to introduce fleet maintenance tracking devices in some appliances and ERV’s (both rural and F&R).
v33#12 Tax time - update your details
In this edition - Tax time - update your details
v33#11 QSUPER ACCUMULATED BENEFIT ACCOUNT CHANGES – UPDATE
In this edition - The information in this Code 2 is for members who have their superannuation with QSuper in an ‘Accumulated Benefit’ account.
v33#10 QSUPER INCOME PROTECTION AND ACCUMULATED BENEFIT CHANGES – QSUPER TO MEET WITH YOUR UNION
v33 No 9 Professional Firefighters - International Firefighters' Day
International Firefighters' Day -4th May 2019 and Paid Travel.
v33#9 Communication Officers - Paid travel time for mandatory and/or promotion related training
v33#8 Departure of Commissioner Carroll
In this edition - Commissioner to leave in July.
V33#7 Upcoming direct debit date change – fortnightly paying members only
In this edition - Changes in May/June to your fortnightly fees.
v33#6 Easter Public Holidays
In this edition - Easter public holiday information.
In this edition - I have received multiple reports of members being placed on, or being threatened with being placed on, a PADP (the planned adminstrivial way to manage your performance).
Fire and Rescue are far from negotiating any agreed potential use of the PADP process for operational Fire and Rescue staff with your union.
v33#4 Victorian CFA acknowledge digital network failure, revert to analogue
In this edition - Similar to the rollout of the GWN (digital radio network) in Queensland some years ago, a digital network is currently being rolled out across Victoria for the MFB and the CFA.
In January 2019, it was identified that a lack of coverage inside many buildings and lack of coverage in certain open areas was affecting digital radio communications and therefore putting the safety of firefighters at risk.
v33#3 Radios / Communications Taskforce set up in response to UFUQ survey into GWN / Radio problems
In this edition - As I reported to you in early December 2018, your union presented the results of a survey of UFUQ members working in the GWN network area to Commissioner Carroll.
I thank the Commissioner for promptly establishing a 'Radio / Communications Taskforce' once the voices of those affected were reported to her.
v33#2 - 25th Anniversary – Southport Honda In memory of Sub-Station Officer Herbie Fennell and Firefighter Noel Watson
In this edition - This 11th of February 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fire at Southport Honda where Sub-Station Officer Herbie Fennell and Firefighter Noel Watson were killed in the line of duty.
v33#1 Australia Day Public Holiday
In this edition - Please be aware that the public holiday arrangements relevant to your work roster will apply to Monday 28 January 2019 only (they will not apply to Saturday 26 January 2019).
v32#33 Christmas and New Year
In this edition - Christmas and New Year public holidays
v32#32 Survey of UFUQ members a damning indictment of QFES GWN digital radio communication
In this edition - Since the commencement of the very expensive Queensland emergency service radio network (the GWN), your union (and representatives of your union on various committees) have been working to get Fire and Rescue and the QFES bureaucracy to accept there are problems.
v32#31 Minister for Fire and Rescue confirms government commitment to ‘2 in 2 out' (1+3)
In this edition - In a speech to Queensland Parliament on Tuesday 13 November 2018, Minister Craig Crawford stated –
‘I want to recognise our career firefighters…working in fire and rescue stations in Queensland. They respond to thousands of calls per year. They are on shift when you are asleep. It is a dangerous job (working) four on four off on A, B, C or D shifts at any station, one officer and three firefighters on a pumper is their life.’