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.