Woman launches legal action against CFA over allegedly being forced to strip at chemical spill

Woman launches legal action against CFA over allegedly being forced to strip at chemical spill

A Victorian woman is suing the Country Fire Authority (CFA) after she was allegedly forced to strip in view of male officers and threatened with being handcuffed after a chemical spill at her property in the state's south-west. Monique Smead filed the action on Friday in the Supreme Court. She claims she and her three children have suffered ongoing trauma and financial impacts from the CFA's response to a hazardous materials spill at her Yulecart property in April 2013. At the time the officers responded, the chemical was unknown, but later turned out to be about 200 millilitres of insecticide, court documents stated. Lawyers for Ms Smead said she was also separated from her children and had her phone taken off her during the 2013 incident. Ariella Stephenson from Polaris Lawyers said Ms Smead and her family had suffered injury, loss and damage. "What happened to Monique and her family is entirely unacceptable, and it's important that those responsible are legally held to account," Ms Stephenson told the ABC. "We see this as much more than a series of errors …
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