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CFA member thanks, 2009 fire pins, leadership

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 5 December, 2011

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"THANK You And Well Done!" To:
Helen Wositzy, Tarryn Campbell, Tammy Garrett and Kate Grasby from the Eastern Metro TPP team. In the last 6 months they have developed new TPP's for the Dandenong Ranges and Healesville/Warburton corridors. This work includes community, Council and Brigade engagement; field testing the state-wide mapping product; development of "community socialisation" products such as coffee cups and "stubbie holders" to reinforce the "Fire Ready" messages. The result has been an excellent uptake of the TPP product and constructive feedback from those members of the community attending recent Brigade open days and events. This is important work. Thank you ladies!
"Well done!" to Captain Peter Connell and the Loch Sport brigade. The Brigade has just opened an extension (valued at around $150K) of a meeting room and two bay extension. The support of the community, through the locally famous "CFA Op Shop" has generated significant community funds.

"We're All In This Together":
This catch-phrase was the theme of a Bushfire Emerald, Clematis, Macclesfield and Menzies Creek Brigades Awareness Expo held recently at the Emerald Hall. Organised by the combined leadership team from, the day was a resounding success. Hundreds of people from the local community visited displays and exchanged views with DSE, VicPol, Parks Vic, Cardinia Shire, Bendigo Bank, St Marks Church, Emerald & District Co-op and the Emerald Community House. The State Aircraft Unit flew in Helitak 333, a Bell 212 Helitanker, which was a hit with everyone. The Expo included 4 "workshops" on fire prevention, leaving early and staying and defending planning. Another popular demonstration was a "burn table" on loan from DSE. Hessian is stretched over a steel frame which is set up with fuels and angles to simulate actual fire behaviour. This is a great learning tool. I was impressed and inspired by the huge effort that went into the planning and the unified passion for community resilience that was evident from agencies and from the public. A fantastic effort! Well done!

Inaugural Board "Special Recognition Award" To Mount Taylor Brigade:
Last weekend I was privileged to award a "Special Recognition Award" on behalf of the CFA Board to the Mt Taylor Brigade. Captain Ken Stewart and brother Allan accepted the award on behalf of the Brigade. The full citation is lengthy. It recognises not just their outstanding commitment to campaign fires in the last 10 years, but also their personal commitment to assisting the recovery of bushfire affected Gippsland communities. Amongst other things, Brigade members have:
• Provided their Brigade owned tanker to the Omeo Brigade for 6 weeks during the 2003 fires;
• Spent 11 weekends clearing and replacing burnt fencing in the Benambra, Bindi, Black mountain and Gelantipy areas;
• Completed over 95 km of backburning 24 hours a day over 10 consecutive days near Bairnsdale in 2006, followed by several weekends of fence clearing at Tambo Crossing;
• After the 2009 fires, 37 members spent 35 weekends doing recovery work on numerous properties in the Callignee, Carrajung and Traralgon South areas;
• Spent 3 days installing new fencing after the 2011 Tostaree fire.
I feel humbled by such service. The efforts of the Mt Taylor Brigade members have given benefit and comfort to many in their time of need. They epitomise what it means to be a member of CFA, what it means to be Gippslanders and what it means to be an Australian. We salute you all!

Wearing Of 2009 Campaign Fire Pins:
Distribution and presentation of the 2009 Campaign Fire Pins is well under way. For those members wearing "day" uniform, the pin should be worn on the right breast, 2 to 3 mm above the top seam of the pocket (or above the top of the ribbon bar, if worn) and central to the pocket. A formal advice on wearing of the pin is in preparation.

"Before you can inspire with emotion you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you yourself must believe." - Sir Winston Churchill

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