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Fire reforms pass

Fire reforms pass

CFA to become volunteer-only next year

Victoria's fire services will be reformed after controversial legislation passed parliament thursday night.

The Country Fire Authority will become volunteer only from mid-2020.

The bill abolishes career CFA services and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and establishes Fire Rescue Victoria.

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The state government has been trying to reform the fire services since 2017 sparking political warfare.

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien says it makes the CFA a second class service that will prompt volunteers to quit.

However the premier claims it’s necessary to provide better full time coverage in newly built up areas of Melbourne.

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