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Creating Our Future Together - Decisions Finalised
Back in July we started seeking your thoughts on proposed changes to CFA's service delivery and support model. We spoke with over 3,500 members at around 200 briefings, workshops, in smaller groups and personally throughout the consultation period and we received a large amount of feedback.
After taking your thoughts into account and undertaking considerable deliberation, the Executive Leadership Team have now made a final decision on CFA's service delivery and support model. I know that many of you were anxious to hear about the decision, so I wanted to provide you with the information as soon as it was confirmed.
While we took some time to get to this point, we believe the following decisions are the right ones to help CFA move forward, and position us to be a strong, reliable and efficient service provider for our communities now and well into the future.
We will be:
• centrally coordinating and managing support services (People and Culture, Asset Maintenance, Finance, and Training and Development), consolidating support services activities and combining similar functions and resources;
• consolidating regions, moving from eight regions to five, with no change to districts;
• adopting a revised regional functional model, where service delivery is the focus at district and brigade levels;
• appointing Assistant Chief Officers (ACOs) to be the regional leaders, with a prime focus on planning and coordinating the delivery of delivering F&EM services in the region;
• centrally coordinating and managing the Fire Safety function, but retaining the existing model for the Vegetation Management function.
As some of you may be aware, one of our biggest considerations in this process was that a strong case was presented for an alternate model of six regions. We have spent considerable time considering the benefits and short comings of both the five and six region models - and there is merit in both without a doubt. It is, however, my considered view that the five region model should proceed.
I, along with members of the Senior Leadership Team, will follow up with you in more detail around the feedback and considerations received during the consultation period, our reasoning behind these decisions, and next steps, next week.
Again, I want to thank all of those who made a contribution to this process and have helped us get to where we have landed.