Volunteer Firefighters Who Work In Government Jobs Will Get Four Weeks Paid Leave
The Prime Minister has thrown volunteer firefighters a lifeline for working so hard to battle these intense bushfires.
Those firies who work in government jobs will be given four weeks of paid leave.
So many have been using their holidays to work around the clock to keep us safe so it's bloody awesome that they're being repaid in some way.
Scott Morrison said: "I issued a directive to all Commonwealth departments and agencies that will see the full paid leave for emergency services be lifted to a minimum standard of four weeks.
"Four weeks, and, with additional leave able to be provided by those agencies on an as-needed basis. This will lift emergency services leave to effectively what is the same standard for the defence reservists when they're called out.
"With bushfire seasons starting earlier, one of the things I've heard on the ground is that some people are dipping into their other leave entitlements to stay out there battling blazes," Mr Morrison said.
"Today's announcement is about ensuring our volunteer firefighters can keep focused on the job at hand."
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There have been calls for the government to step in a provide something for the men and women who have been putting their lives on the line every day since the bushfires started.
The big question is what will the volunteer firies who don't work for the government get?
Mick Holton, an RFS volunteer and president of the NSW-based Volunteer Fire Fighters Association said he'd like to see something from the state or federal government for their efforts.
He told 10 Daily: "If volunteers are rocking up to give their time at no charge, we should at least make sure it's not impacting on them. If you're missing out on an income, that should be an expense we need to consider.
"The bank isn't going to say 'don't worry about paying your mortgage,' the power companies won't let your power bills go. You've got to pay your bills, but how do we make it work? That's the challenge."
Featured Image Credit: NSW RFS
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