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CFA welcomes Auditor-General report on volunteers
Message from myself and CFA Chair Claire Higgins.
We know that this current fire season has already been a challenging one for our people and the Victorian community. As we welcome and accept the recommendations of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Managing Emergency Service Volunteers report, tabled in Parliament today, we remember the 2009 Victorian bushfires almost five years ago. And we know that today, just like on that day, Victoria’s emergency services personnel are doing an outstanding job in protecting our communities.
In accepting the recommendations in the report, CFA is pleased to see that the Auditor-General undertook interviews widely across CFA’s eight regions, engaging with staff and volunteers at 13 locations across Victoria.
The Auditor-General’s recommendations clarify and reinforce our current approach on programs we are implementing to support volunteers, such as the Government-funded Volunteer Support Program and the ongoing development of field-based transportable mobile training props for use at a local level by our volunteers.
This work is being driven by CFA’s Operational Training & Volunteerism directorate, established in 2011 to ensure a strong focus on the needs of our volunteers at a corporate level.
CFA will implement the recommendations in the Auditor-General’s report, leading to further improvements for our volunteers across Victoria.
Please find a copy of the VAGO report which includes CFA’s response to the recommendations made here
Last Updated: 10 December 2015