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Redress scheme 'vindication' at Fiskville

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Angus Livingston

Firefighters feel vindicated after Victoria promised to investigate a redress scheme for cancer victims from the controversial Fiskville training centre.

A cancer cluster was discovered at the rural Victorian centre, where drums of toxic chemicals were burned and buried in firefighting training exercises over decades.

A parliamentary inquiry found the CFA covered up concerns about the health of people working and living at Fiskville.

"It's a vindication. There were times I thought I was crazy, it's a bit of a conspiracy theory but it's a vindication," the United Firefighters' Union's Mick Tisbury told reporters on Thursday.

"It's been a hard five-year slog, and there were times I wanted to throw in the towel.

"It doesn't end here, we've got to make sure the government actually does follow through... (but) everything they've said they're going to do they've done so far."

The inquiry recommended a redress scheme with a low threshold for evidence, because a lot of supporting documentation of people's time at Fiskville is unlikely to still exist.

Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said Fiskville was closed forever in March and a new training centre is being built in the Central Highlands.

"The government will also investigate options for a redress scheme to make sure those who suffered harm as a result of their time at Fiskville receive the support they deserve," Mr Merlino said.

Mr Tisbury said the scheme was needed but it was never about the money.

"Firefighters have been killed. Firefighters have been poisoned. We've got this stuff in our blood," Mr Tisbury said.

"It's never been about some pocket of gold at the end of a rainbow, we just want to get this stuff out of our blood."

The government agreed in full or in principle with all 31 recommendations in the report, including requirements to monitor the health of people who lived and worked at Fiskville.

The Inspector General of Emergency Management will monitor the implementation of the recommendations to ensure they are being met.

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