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Communication, champs, welfare
One of the issues identified in the Jones report was the need for better communication with volunteers. We know there are improvements to be made in this area. While it's important for us to not overload you with communication, there are times when we need to send you operational and CFA-wide information. In order to determine how our members want to be kept up-to-date, CFA's strategic Communications team have developed a short survey for all members to complete. The survey will be available both online and as a tear-out hard copy in the Autumn edition of Brigade magazine with a reply paid envelope for members to complete. It will also be included in the VFBV quarterly mail-out. I encourage you to take part and have your say at:
State Junior Urban Championships:
Last weekend saw a fantastic gathering of CFA youth at Horsham for the State Junior Urban Championships. Despite the heat and wind, a wonderful time was had by competitors. It was inspiring to see the level of commitment and friendly rivalry amongst the competitors (who came from a far afield as Esperance in Western Australia!). From my casual observation and discussions with many, the State Juniors has a confident future with growing participation and popularity. To those parents and supporters, the organising committee of the Horsham Fire Brigade, the judges, marshalls and officials and the CFA members who staffed the corporate displays - thank you and well done!
Automated Fire Danger Rating Signs:
A trial is underway for automated Fire Danger Rating signs. Fourteen signs have been placed in high risk locations around the state. The trial commenced in December 2011 and continued until late January 2012. There are two types of signs, one is a LED format with highlighted panels and no needle, the other has a motorised needle. Both have message panels at the base and are remotely updated via sophisticated software. Evaluation is taking place for both sign formats and a survey has been set up for valuable feedback from brigades.For brigade members to participate in the survey please click on the linkhttp://www.strahan-research.com/xRybGixwand follow the prompts.
Heat Related Illness And The Health Support Team:
It is important to recognise the signs and symptoms of heat related illness when involved in incidents. Depending on duration of an incident and the environmental conditions, Incident Controllers should consider requesting the Health Support Team to be on standby where available. The duties of the Health Support Team include monitoring and provide advice on health and wellbeing areas including: hydration; hygiene; fatigue; heat stress; smoke inhalation; aafety issues (health and wellbeing); nutrition and injury assessments reporting. The team is deployed to an incident of high risk to ensure advice can be provided on the health and wellbeing of personnel whilst working and in rest and recline periods. Where a HST member has the appropriate training they may also respond to assist injured or ill personnel on the fireground in the absence of ambulance or other first aid support.I encourage you to guide members through the "Heat stress and Hydration DVD" found on the CFA Intranet: Intranet > Operations > Structural (New), and brigades online.
Then The Wind Changed:
For those who missed the moving story of Black Saturday survival on ABC, go to:
"What the country needs is more people to inspire others with confidence and fewer people to discourage any initiative in the right direction; more to get into the thick of things; fewer to sit on the sidelines merely finding fault; more to point out what's right with the world; and fewer to keep harping on about what's wrong with it; and more who are interested in lighting candles; and fewer who blow them out."
- Father James Keller