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In 1971 the CFA established its Fiskville Training College as a training site for firefighters around the state.
In 1971 the CFA established its Fiskville Training College as a training site for firefighters around the state. The site provided a number of facilities for live fire drills, classroom-based firefighting training, and housed a number of permanent and temporary staff and volunteers.
In 2011, following investigations by the Herald Sun, serious questions emerged concerning the practices employed at Fiskville between the 1970s and 1990s.
It has been alleged that people who spent time on the site may have suffered loss as a result of the practices of the CFA.
In December 2014, the Victorian Government announced its intention to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the Fiskville site, to identify any failures and concerns, and to investigate compensation options for victims.
The Joy Report
In response to these allegations, in 2011 the CFA commissioned Professor Rob Joy to conduct an independent investigation into the practices at the time and to produce a report of his findings.
To read the full report, click here.
While the Joy Report is an important step in uncovering the truth about what occurred at Fiskville, unfortunately it doesn’t address all of the key questions that have been raised, so there is still much work to do to determine exactly what went wrong, and to ensure that people who have suffered loss as a result of their time on Fiskville receive appropriate assistance.
In 2015 the Victorian Parliament will conduct an in-depth inquiry into the events that occurred at Fiskville, with a view to identifying what risks and problems exist at the site, and what options there are for compensating victims, if appropriate. The inquiry promises to be a critical opportunity for previously-unavailable evidence and testimony to come to light, and to hopefully develop a mechanism for ensuring that victims affected by the management of the site are able to see justice done.
Slater and Gordon has been instructed by a large number of people who allege that they have suffered loss as a result of their time at Fiskville.
We intend to make submissions to the inquiry where possible on our clients’ behalf, and to work with all parties involved to ensure that a just mechanism for compensating Fiskville victims can be developed. Throughout this process, we will continue to advocate strongly for a fair outcome for our clients.
If you or someone you know spent time at Fiskville between the 1970s and 1990s, in any capacity, and suffered loss that may have been contributed to by your time there, you may have rights to seek compensation.
Additionally, if you spent time with the CFA or at Fiskville and feel you have any information that may be relevant to our investigations, we would be very grateful if you would contact us to discuss the Fiskville situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly Basset on (03) 9602 6897 or at FiskvilleCA@slatergordon.com.au in you think you can help.
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