Whilst we are enjoying our Christmas and New Year break, let’s not forget that there are many people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

We recently celebrated a win for all firefighters (full time, part time and volunteers) with the introduction of compensation for firefighters who contract one of 12 cancers from September 27, 2018.

In a press conference held in Orange (November 2018), former Orange firefighter Trevor Eassie revealed the struggles he has endured after contracting leukaemia at work and not receiving any financial compensation.

Mr Eassie was in the Orange brigade for 32 years until he was diagnosed in 2012 with the life-threatening cancer disease.

He joined firefighters, union officials and the Member for Orange Phil Donato on to call on the state government to make its new compensation laws apply retrospectively.

The government approved compensation for firefighters who contract one of 12 cancers from September 27, 2018, but did not support amendments that would have covered all affected firefighters since 2011.

The NSW State Government is clearly putting projects ahead of people as they spend BIG on infrastructure and one-off projects but they are failing to provide appropriate compensation to our firefighters.

This interview says it all…

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