UFU Victoria

United Firefighters Union of Australia
Victorian Branch

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/333226212

Overnight, UFU Vice-President Mick Tisbury addressed the parties to the United Nations’ Stockholm Convention, speaking to the firefighters’ experience of PFAS exposure, contamination and the ill effects of PFAS on professional career firefighters and fire service personnel.  

This is a proud moment in the history of the UFU. 

Never before has a uniformed person, or a professional career firefighter, made a submission to the Stockholm Convention speaking to the serious effects of PFAS foam on professional career firefighters.  

The UFU, on behalf of all professional career firefighters and with the support of the IAFF and NZPFU, has led the charge on the world stage calling for a worldwide ban on the use of PFAS in firefighting foam.   

Please click on the link to view Mick’s submission, “A Firefighter’s Experience”.  Mick was joined in solidarity by UFU Branch President David Hamilton and IAFF Assistant General President for Health, Safety and Medicine Pat Morrison: https://vimeo.com/333226212

After sharing his experience with the UN – an experience sadly relatable to so many firefighters – Mick received a standing ovation from all participants. 

The UFU is represented at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention at the United Nations.  Of the many issues the parties will discuss at the Convention, PFAS in firefighting foam will be one of them.

The UFU is calling for a worldwide ban on the use of PFAS in firefighting foams. 

Image: National Toxics Network