There are plenty of good reasons to split up Victoria's CFA but pushing through a controversial pay deal isn't one of them.
Modernising it? Melbourne's urban sprawl has exploded, leaving country volunteers fighting suburban fires.
Fixing it? The MFB and CFA bosses have been far too slack for too long in making equipment, training and safety procedures compatible.
But the 160-year-old organisation is being fundamentally changed because Premier Daniel Andrews sided with the United Firefighters Union over his own minister.
The union demanded consultation clauses in a pay deal the CFA argued were effective vetoes over management decisions, as well as solid pay rises.
Union boss Peter Marshall said the clauses were necessary to keep fire bosses and governments accountable after two decades of poor decisions.
It's still unclear why Mr Andrews chose to back the union in the face of heavy opposition within his party and the CFA.
Mr Marshall has only ever referred to "election promises" he expects to be honoured.
It's also unclear if the legislation needed to make these changes will pass the upper house, with the Greens keeping quiet on their plans.
The reforms could be good for the fire services - there are plenty of reasons for modernising and updating them.
But the dispute cost federal Labor leader Bill Shorten votes in a tight federal election last year and Labor MPs are concerned they will face another backlash at the state ballot box in 2018.
The union will get the deal it wants but the price for Mr Andrews and his government could be extremely high.