“It’s very important that we reinforce amongst all of the people who are CFA members, and their families, that our first commitment as an organisation is the protection of life and the safety of our people,” said the Chief.
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson also discussed the contents of the report and other independent studies conducted that state that Fiskville is safe to continue to use.
“I think what’s very important in the report, and in some of the independent reports that CFA has had from hygienists and environmental consultants, is that Fiskville is safe to use. We have of recent weeks made the decision, to ensure that everyone has peace of mind, to only using reticulated from fresh water supplies for firefighter training,” said Euan.
CEO Mick Bourke stated yesterday that while CFA cannot alter past practices, it can learn and make changes from what has arisen.
“While we cannot change what happened in the past, we can clearly demonstrate that we can learn from past mistakes and are committed to making changes to assure the ongoing health and safety of our people along with our care for the environment.”
During yesterday's media conference, Professor Rob Joy commended CFA for accepting all the report's recommendations. CFA has committed to implementing all 10 recommendations, accepted all conclusions and announced 11 additional related initiatives including a health impact study.
Full information here: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/fiskville-investigation/