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Breathing life into bright ideas

By: Paul Huggett

Category: Honours & Awards, People, Planning & Research, Training & Recruitment

  4.11 PM 4 February, 2016

Location: General

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Ever had a great idea that could make a big difference to CFA and the emergency services sector?

Need time, money and support to get that idea off that the drawing board and make it reality?

If this is you, that time and money is available – but you’d better be quick. The Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) is offering scholarships that can help CFA members and staff undertake advanced studies in Australia or overseas to support research ideas. Applications for the scholarships close on 20 February 2016.

Kate Harrap, Acting Executive Director Learning & Volunteerism, stresses that it’s not too late to apply. “There’s still time to throw your hat in the ring. We know that our people have great ideas and the scholarship is a fantastic way of bringing these ideas to fruition.”

Take the examples of CFA aviation officer Wayne Rigg and Benloch Fire Brigade second lieutenant Carl Gibson. Wayne received a 2015 scholarship to explore the use of aircraft to speed up the response of technical/specialist rescue teams and equipment on the ground.

Carl, meanwhile, used his 2013 scholarship to investigate novel approaches to improve the operational performance, resilience and safety of emergency services personnel.

“This type of research can make a huge difference to CFA and the emergency services sector as a whole. And it recognises and rewards our people for their ingenuity,” says Kate.

Anyone wishing to discuss an application or receive support in applying can contact ESF on
0406 003 765. Alternatively, details on the scholarship program and the application process are available at

Last Updated: 05 February 2016