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Courage Commendation, Chief Officer's Intent, new recruit course patron

By: Euan Ferguson

  10.00 AM 27 August, 2012

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Chief Officer's Intent
In the implementation of the 2012-13 Annual Business plan, and in activities undertaken by CFA Fire and Emergency Management, I thought it would be appropriate to put forward some form of overarching intent statement.  Therefore, in implementing our 2012-13 business plan, consideration is to be given to the following Chief Officer's priorities:
1. Focussing on delivering our mission and supporting our front-line people to deliver community safety outcomes.
2. Maintain and develop our operational service delivery capability.
3. We will strive to work with other agencies and with the community as one integrated fire and emergency management force.
4. We will continue to improve and develop our capability and capacity for managing major incidents.
5. We will continue to adopt the philosophy of Mission Command (which includes strengthening our capability for local command and control and managing by "principle" rather than by prescription).
6. Resources will be applied taking into account the principles of risk, equity, continuous improvement and the recently issued Chief Officer's Principles For Allocating Resources.
7. We will continue to build and develop our leadership team.  This includes articulating our desired organisational culture.
8. We will take care of each other, be nice, and serve the community.

Lindsay Fox As Recruit Course Patron
Operations Officer Chris Bingham and the recruit course instructors continue to manage the CFA recruit courses very professionally.  This was obvious from the demonstration of fireground skills at Fiskville recently at the Course 2/2012 recruit graduation.  Chris has recently advised that the Patron for the next recruit course will be transport icon Lindsay Fox.  We welcome Lindsay into the CFA family for this important role.

Chief Officer's Commendation For Courage:  SSO Tim Bruechert (Bendigo):
At the Bendigo Fire Brigade dinner last weekend, I had the pleasure of recognising SSO Tim Bruechert with a Chief Officer's Commendation for Courage.  The citation reads in part: "On 18 June 2009, SSO Bruechert and his crew attended a call to a gas leak and upon arrival found a young man hanging in a shed with a gas cylinder turned on.  Recognising the urgency of the situation and without regard for his own safety, SSO Bruechert entered the gas filled shed and rescued the young man.  This early intervention saved the man's life."  Congratulations and well done Tim.  You have epitomised the spirit of CFA and your act inspires us all.

Chief Officer's Commendation For Courage:  Lt Jason McGrath (Newstead):
Also over the weekend I was able to award a Chief Officer's Commendation for Courage to Lt Jason McGrath of Newstead Fire Brigade.  On 27th November 2009, during a flash flood event in the Muckleford Creek, Jason turned out with his brigade to support Castlemaine SES.  A driver's car had been swept off the roadway into flood waters.  With the water rising swiftly, a rescue plan was developed.  Jason volunteered to don a harness and rescue line and wade out into the cold and swift flowing waters to rescue the driver.  Jason was able to reach the victim and they were then gently hauled back to safety.  Not only was this act a great example of two emergency services working hand in hand, it is a great example of courage and initiative.  Well done Jason!

Bacchus Marsh Local Command Centre Opens:
Congratulations to Group Officer Gerry Lavery and the team from the Bacchus Marsh Group.  With support from Districts 14 and 15 and the Grampians Region, they have opened a new command facility in a former school building.  The event was attended by the Mooroobool Shire, SES, Parks Victoria and DSE as well as Brigades from the local area. 

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