VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to rule out a potential expansion of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade to regions currently protected by the CFA.
The Premier recently faced questions in Parliament from The Nationals and Liberals on whether he would guarantee no changes to the existing boundaries of the CFA and MFB.
The questions came after Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan tabled a petition bearing almost 2500 local signatures in support of the region’s CFA volunteers.
Ms Ryan said she was concerned about reports Mr Andrews was negotiating with the UFU to extend the MFB’s coverage area to include outer metropolitan areas and major regional cities in order have his ‘‘destructive’’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreement passed.
She said The Nationals and Liberals had also promised to give volunteers a say in every enterprise agreement that impacted on the CFA and its operations.
‘‘Any CFA board that disrespects the Volunteer Charter will be sacked,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘Our local CFA volunteers are modern day heroes, giving their time to protect our safety, yet Daniel Andrews refuses to answer legitimate questions in Parliament about the government’s plans.’’
Ms Ryan said her petition called for Mr Andrews to keep his hands off the CFA and had been supported by 2000 people from across the Euroa electorate, with an extra 500 signatures coming in through her website.