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.
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.
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.
Totally agree with the bullying and harassment of members from members of the executive, senior members and with what seams to be support from fire control centres . In the past 19 years of service I need to say that the respect of volunteers is no longer a foresight of some groups in the service