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CFA Officer “Embedded” Into DSE Planned Burning Team

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 19 April, 2013

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Recently I have advised of CFA's intent to provide greater support to DSE's planned burning program.

O/M Gary Weir, who manages CFA's Forestry Industry Brigades, advises that O/O Don Tomkin of District 13 has been successfully embedded into DSE's burning program around the Eastern and Southern Metro areas and Yarra Valley.

The secondment will last for about 4 weeks with flexibility around CFA work commitments and DSE burning activity. DSE has committed to involve Don in all facets of their program during this period and not just burning - this will include environmental, smoke management, public consultation and planning.

How to have a difficult conversation
Sometimes members are concerned about how another member of their brigade or workplace is travelling, but they're not quite sure how to start a discussion about this. Organisational Wellbeing has put together some tips on how to have a difficult conversation. You can locate these tips by going to the CFA News & Media article CFA's Welfare Services support members with a number of different issues - both personal and CFA related. Visit the CFA public website link or check out Brigades On Line or Intranet by searching ‘Welfare Services' in the search feature. The CFA public website link is a great resource for your immediate family members to learn about and access Welfare Services support for themselves.

Climate Change And Extreme Events:
Professor Tim Flannery, the Chief Climate Change Commissioner, recently sent me a copy of the Climate Commission's latest report - The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather - which explains the link between climate change and extreme weather. Recent heatwaves, heavy rainfall and bushfires have again brought serious consequences for communities around Australia. The Climate Commission's report brings together the latest in scientific findings and observations to illustrate that the background climatic conditions have changed and explain how a changing climate is increasing the nature of extreme weather events, their frequency and their impacts. It is important that, as a provider of emergency services and a key organisation in the resilience of communities, CFA is aware of the influence of climate change. If you require more information, contact the Climate Commission Secretariat on 02 6159 7624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy37982 + '\'>'+addy_text37982+'<\/a>'; //-->  Electronic copies of all reports are available from their website:

Safety As Part Of Our Everyday Business:
Exec Director of OT&V, Le de Man recently reported that he visited a meeting of the District 20 DPC meeting at Mitiamo. He was very impressed that OHS was the first item for discussion on the agenda. The DPC Chair led the discussion which was driven by the senior volunteer leaders (Group Officer's and VFBV reps). The discussion focused on incidents which have occurred in the most recent FDP, including near misses. It was terrific to see that the volunteer leaders drove the discussion and have a very clear view that they are the ones who have the responsibility to drive OHS in the District. RD Pat O'Brien provided an overview and guidance to the DPC on H&S, reinforcing the strong ownership of H& S issues which quite clearly the senior volunteers have. There is an obvious culture within D20 that near misses need to be reported and acted upon. Lex said this was a great discussion to witness. Well done to the District 20 DPC Team!

Video: Managing Risk on the Whitewater-Baldy Complex: How Did They Do It?
This video "The Five Rights - Managing Risk on the Whitewater-Baldy Complex: How Did They Do It?" shares lessons and effective practices demonstrated on the large 2012 Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire. Agency Administrators and Incident Management Team members provide insights into how risk management strategies and tactics were implemented. Taking into consideration the major and campaign fires in Victoria the last season, the video is an interesting watch:

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