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Chief meets CFA members about new district
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has met CFA members in the Latrobe Valley to discuss the new CFA ‘District 27’ which will cover the area of Latrobe City Council.
Euan took part in a briefing with brigade staff and volunteers last Wednesday.
“This was the first part of our consultation process and the discussion informed us of a number of key issues in establishing the new district,” Euan said.
“The feedback we got from members will help inform the allocation of resources for District 27, the development of response plans and how we integrate with industry operators.”
Members identified a number of opportunities presented by the new district, including enhanced health and safety monitoring, increased capacity to deal with mine fires, and the opportunity to build better relationships with the power and coal mine industries. They also raised some issues to be considered including consideration of resources required to achieve specialised training in this area.
“In the coming weeks, I’ll be returning to the Latrobe Valley to continue our discussions,” Euan said.
The Latrobe Valley is home to key power infrastructure and associated industries and requires a specific level of fire and emergency management. Having a CFA district for the Latrobe Valley will ensure that the best resources, plans and preparedness are in place to manage risks and protect the state’s key assets.
Read more about the meeting in Euan's blog.