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Brigade & Membership Classification Project
I am pleased to take this opportunity to keep you informed about the Brigade and Membership Classification project.
This project aims to organise brigades and members in a manner that is relevant to the environment that CFA operates in today.
It's in the final stages and some minor updates have been made to further align the project with the CFA's mission statement and feedback received. As you all know this project has been progressing for some time now and I would like to provide an update on how we are progressing.
As I see it, the project is made up of two bodies of work:
Part one: Brigade classifications that are based on risk
In addition to brigade classification, all brigades will be registered as ‘fire brigades' and the reference to urban and rural will no longer be used. This change has been reflected in the CFA Act and will also be reflected in the CFA Regulations.
Part two: Organise brigades and members in a manner that is relevant to the environment that CFA operates in today and the future.
There were previously four membership classification developed to classify members and their roles:
- Brigade Support Member
- Associate Member
- Junior Member.
Concerns have been raised that the proposed classifications was not as flexible as they could be and may foster a sense of hierarchy within the brigade. There was also feedback that the proposed structure didn't adequately recognise community engagement - which is core business for CFA brigades.
The project team has developed some key updates to address these issues which include:
- Two membership classification of Brigade Member and Junior Member
- Flexibility for Brigade Members to undertake roles that best suit their available time, interests and skills.
- All Brigade Members are considered equally important regardless of their role.
- Recognition of auxiliaries as they now will be registered as Brigade Members.
- Recognition of community engagement as core business to CFA Fire Brigades
- Recognition of Life Memberships in service history.
We're currently consulting with key stakeholders around these updates and working to ensure brigades are ready undertake these changes in their election cycle for either 2013 or 2014.
More detailed information about the project is available at: Brigades Online > Fire & Emergencies > Projects > Brigade & Membership Classification