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From the Chief: a week of significant achievements
I’m continually impressed by the huge effort CFA staff and volunteers make every week of the year to protect the lives and property of Victorians.
Despite the difficult challenges we face, our people stay focused and pull together to deliver important achievements.
We are certainly finishing the year on a high, and I would like to congratulate the many teams that contributed to last week’s achievements in CFA and acknowledge the many moving parts needed to reach these milestones.
- Friday 8 December was CFA’s biggest day in career firefighter movement, with 150 mixed-rank operational staff starting shifts at a range of locations.
- Two fire stations each took on 25 new career staff – a temporary, career-only station opened for Lucas Fire Brigade, and the large, volunteer Lara Fire Brigade welcomed staff for the first time to create a new integrated station. Read more about the establishment of Lucas Fire Brigade and the integration of Lara Fire Brigade on News and Media.
- On 8 December 2017, Wangaratta Fire Brigade received five firefighters and five leading firefighters to operate the POD vehicle, which will be available to respond by 2 February 2018.
- Shepparton received staffing for its Hazmat appliance on 8 December 2017, so that the vehicle can now be deployed.
- A community day was held at Lara Fire Station on Sunday 10 December, attended by the community, families of the brigade, regional leadership and the Emergency Management Commissioner. It celebrated the journey of collaboration that has led to the successful integration of this brigade. Read more about this event.
- Meanwhile, the first of 89 new recruit career firefighters graduated from the inaugural Victorian Recruit Firefighter Course on Thursday 7 December. Our recruits now train with their counterparts from MFB at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn.
- The final Station Officer Promotional Course announced its successful candidates, with 66 successful candidates from the 2017 leading firefighter courses and 37 from the station officer courses; a huge achievement.
I commend all our people who put in an enormous amount of work to deliver these major milestones for our organisation. Several departments have made significant contributions, including Rostering & HR Planning, the Infrastructure teams, field staff and volunteers, regional leadership teams and the P350 team to name a few.
Thank you for your continued dedication to protecting lives and property.