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The Volunteer Fire Fighters Association (VFFA) has received legal advice that volunteers should not sign the Volunteer Discipline Confidentiality Agreement form (pictured below).

Whilst it is important to follow the discipline process, it is equally important that a volunteer reserves the right to protect themselves from false and frivolous complaints or allegations.

Click on the image to open a scanned pdf version.

Background Information

The NSW RFS has developed a pattern of bullying and harassment, directed towards volunteers who might dare to take a stand on many issues. These instances are being recorded by the VFFA for future reference and action.

The VFFA is continually receiving calls for assistance with many volunteers choosing to walk away from active roles or leave the service entirely.

It is important to note that a great majority of NSW RFS staff have the best intentions, they treat volunteers well and act appropriately.

Having said that, there is a culture developing that is being built upon the statement: “If you don’t like the way that the RFS is heading…. leave”.

The VFFA has a better idea: “If you don’t like the way that the RFS is heading…. take a stand and share your story”

Share your Story

The VFFA is collecting stories from all over the state. These stories will only be shared publicly with your permission and we are happy to suppress names to protect the volunteer from any further bullying or harassment.

Submission Form
We will need to contact you for validation before we share your story. This step is used to protect volunteers from false or frivolous stories. We also ask that you try to avoid personal attacks, make reference to positions rather than people. You control how your story can be shared using the various options below:

You can share your story using a few options below:
1. Cut and paste your story into the text field below
2. Type your story directly into the text field below
3. Request a call back and we will be happy to call you to for a chat (phone number required)
4. Request other file sharing options

 

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One thought on “Do not sign

  • March 5, 2017 at 10:12 am
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    RFS Staff are also being bullied and harassed.
    Bullying and harassment within the service is being targeted towards anyone who speaks out (staff and volunteers)
    We received information concerning a past RFS employee who was also a long time volunteer. This person has also worked with SMSS and later became a staff member.
    This person (name surpassed to protect the individual) has become a victim of both bullying and slanderous behaviour.
    The VFFA continues to collect this type of information, the RFS needs to tread carefully because these cases represent significant liability risk to the NSW State Government.

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