Threat of school holiday travel havoc with aviation firefighters to stop work

Threat of school holiday travel havoc with aviation firefighters to stop work

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Aviation firefighters are planning to stop work for four hours across Australia’s major airports in two weeks’ time.

The United Firefighters Union of Australia is claiming travellers at 13 Australian airports are at “extreme risk” due to a lack of aviation firefighting resources.

Workers will stop work on April 15 from 6am (AEST) across Australia to protest the conditions.

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The union claims leaked documents called the Task Resource Analysis revealed Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Avalon, Cairns, Darwin, Hamilton Island, Alice Springs, Mackay, Ayers Rock, Ballina and Gladstone were at “extreme” fire and rescue response readiness risk.

“These leaked documents confirm that Australia’s air travellers face a dire risk every time they set foot on an aircraft in Australia, should an incident occur,” United Firefighters Union Aviation Branch Secretary Wes Garrett said.

“The leaked internal documents found that the safety of air travellers was being threatened should an incident occur due to a range of resource and personnel shortages.”

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“These resource shortages include a lack of key personnel to operate breathing apparatus, shortages of firefighting agents to suppress multiple incidents, insufficient personnel and vehicles to protect both sides of a crashed aircraft, a lack of personnel for effective fire ground command and control, and a lack of procedural control at Australia’s airports.”

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The union is seeking a staffing clause in their enterprise bargaining agreement to ensure enough firefighters are provided at Australia’s airports to meet the TRA requirements.

They want clauses on rostering hours to manage fatigue and upgrades to facilities.

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