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CFA and MFB fireys switch stations
Firefighters from CFA and MFB will be swapping helmets today to mark the start of their 12-month secondment program.
The secondment program provides the opportunity for eight CFA and nine MFB firefighters to take up placement within the other agency, where they will experience different methods, scenarios and procedures.
The 17 firefighters spent the last three weeks undertaking a familiarisation course at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) Craigieburn and Tabcorp Park and will be starting at their new stations on Monday, 6 March.
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the program was a great opportunity for everyone involved.
“CFA and MFB frequently respond to incidents together. Having a mutual understanding goes a long way to ensuring an effective response,” he said.
“We look forward to our CFA firefighters returning in a years’ time and sharing their new-found knowledge with their brigades.”
Mr Warrington said that as well as becoming familiar with different equipment and techniques, firefighters will experience environments and scenarios the other agencies are faced with on a daily basis.
MFB Acting Chief Officer Paul Stacchino said the program would deliver valuable insights for both agencies and would better equip Victorian firefighters to work together seamlessly during emergencies.
“Secondments provide an opportunity for our firefighters to collectively build upon their experiences, skills, and learnings and share this information with their colleagues and the sector,” he said.
“The program has been running for more than five years with great success. In fact, many of the secondees have decided to remain with the host organisation as permanent employees.
“This sharing of knowledge and interoperability will help us achieve our mutual goal of building safer and more resilient communities.”