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CFA project teams' outstanding work
Team members of three major CFA infrastructure and equipment projects were congratulated this week on reaching important milestones in the development and delivery of new tankers, pumpers, the Regional Radio Dispatch Service, and the construction of new CFA fire stations.
Police and Emergency Services Minister, The Honourable Kim Wells, attended an impromptu morning tea at CFA HQ and thanked those CFA members who had contributed to the introduction of new and upgraded infrastructure and resources.
Manager of ICT Program Rod Johnston said the Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project (RRDS) provides a digital radio voice service between CFA vehicles and operators is now operating across all non-metro CFA Districts.
RRDS includes radio sites and fully duplicated core network sites. The network has been constructed, tested and accepted into service.
“During the course of the RRDS project, brigades in category 5 migrated to Category 1 Dispatch, meaning that all CFA Brigades are now operating in Category 1. The Project included training for all CFA brigade,” said Rod.
CFA’s Fleet Replacement Program, managed by Technical Asset Services, has managed the build and delivery of a major fleet of new tankers, pumpers and specialist appliances. The Project team will continue to deliver new vehicles in the 2014-15 program.
Peter Wright, Executive Manager of Technical Asset Services, is proud of the achievement and says his team performed to a high level of professionalism and personal pride in delivering the best possible vehicles for the stakeholders.
Another major milestone for the Technical Asset Services Team has been the completion of the four-year Crew Protection Retrofit Program in which more than 1,000 vehicles received enhanced crew protection features, including radiant heat protective curtains, water-spraying systems, heat-shielding panels and upgraded intercom communication systems.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the retrofit program plays a significant part in protecting crews from injury or death. He said CFA hired additional district mechanical officers (DMOs) to complete the four-year project. “DMOs are fully-qualified mechanics and are responsible for the maintenance and repair of CFA’s 2,500-plus appliances,” Mr Ferguson added.
CFA’s Building and Property Team was also congratulated by the Minister for their outstanding management of the four-year program to build or upgrade CFA stations across Victoria, which has come in on time and under budget.