The state opposition says a leaked document shows Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) will have no capacity to deal with bush fires in regional areas this fire season.
Also stated in the report;
“Before July 1, it was custom and practice for professional firefighters to support their local community with appropriate vehicles for bushfire response. This service is no longer available, nor is the capacity to protect these communities from fire impacting from adjoining CFA brigade areas.”
Speaking to Radio Ballarat Mr Wakeling also raised concerns of the possibility of air fire fighting resources being reduced in Ballarat with the removal of a locally based helicopter.
“Only the Liberal Nationals will stand up for Victoria’s CFA volunteers and return the CFA to being an independent, volunteer-based, autonomous fire service," Mr Wakeling said.