REGIONAL CFA brigades could miss out on emergency medical training because of funding cuts, according to the firefighters union.
The union have accused the state government of stalling in its roll-out of the emergency medical response (EMR) program that gives firefighters training in CPR and using defibrillators.
A review of the trial stage of the training is yet to be finished.
Union secretary Peter Marshall said he was concerned the delays were due to funding cuts and said the planned review was already more than a year behind schedule.
He said the skills were potentially life-saving in instances where CFA arrive before ambulances.
"There's no doubt in regional Victorian towns, as well as growth corridors of Melbourne, this program is really warranted," he said.
"This sort of program is invaluable. But we think they (the state government) are trying to get out of funding it."
Emergency medical training trials are already underway in Shepparton, as well as four eastern Melbourne brigades. A CFA spokeswoman said the trial would continue until June 2014.
She said funding has already been committed to complete those trials, and any expansion of the program would be determined after consultations with a number of different groups.
"As is always the case with new programs, decisions regarding its future will be made following a comprehensive review with Ambulance Victoria and other stakeholders," she said.
Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan said she was worried firefighters would miss out on training.
"Considering that firefighters are often first on the scene, having them trained in emergency medical response makes sense," she said. "It’s up to the government to explain why it’s not being rolled out as planned and what role government cuts have to do with it."
A spokeswoman for state emergency services minister Kim Wells said they were waiting to receive the review.