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Creating our Future Together #1

By: Mick Bourke

  10.00 AM 15 June, 2011

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The following is a transcript of Mick's address in the video above.

Strategy
Today I’d like to take the opportunity to talk to you a bit about organisational change.

In the last couple of weeks, the Board’s met and they’ve considered proposals that we’ve taken to them on strategy. And that strategy, they’ve termed ‘Creating our Future Together’.

It has two very strong starting points. One is that we recognise that we’re a community based fire and emergency service. Secondly, that we have a powerful mission and that mission is to protect lives and property, particularly here in Victoria.

But to put the strategy in place, we aim to do a variety of things. One of those is we’re going to focus on service delivery through our brigades, our Districts and our Regions. We’re going to ensure that our volunteers get adequate support and focus; they’re such a magnificent part of the capacity we have here in Victoria.

We’re going to develop and grow more leaders. We’re going to ensure we invest in the development of our people. And, furthermore, we’re going to maintain our focus on delivering what the community needs, always.

Our strategy also sees us working together as one CFA, not as many CFAs. Out of that, there’ll be great benefits for our organisation.

Structure
To deliver the strategy, we have to change our structure. I’m sure you’ll agree that the structure has served us well over a period of time. But the needs of today and the needs of the future can no longer be delivered through the structure that we have. The structure will ensure that the Chief Officer has at his command the resources that are needed in the field to deliver the services that we must deliver.

It will also ensure for the first time that the Chief Officer has a clear line of sight and a management control through Regions, Districts and brigades. The line of sight for all parties will be direct and clear. Likewise, there’ll be a clear focus in the structure on volunteerism.

Also, though, in the structure we’ll be looking to ensure that our service delivery people – those at the front line – are well supported, and that that support is aligned behind them.

Next steps

Your managers will be talking to you about our strategy and our functional structure starting this week. It’s important for me and for our total executive team that you feed back as to how you feel about them, what suggestions you think may enhance it, and we look forward to those contributions.

We are committed to this change and we would ask that you come along the journey with us. To ensure that you know which way we’re going, we’ll keep you regularly informed so you do know how to contribute and how to participate in that process.

Change can sometimes interrupt activities. We’ll be sure that this change does not interrupt our preparation for the next fire season.

Strategy

Today I’d like to take the opportunity to talk to you a bit about organisational change.

 

In the last couple of weeks, the Board’s met and they’ve considered proposals that we’ve taken to them on strategy. And that strategy, they’ve termed ‘Creating our Future Together’.

 

It has two very strong starting points. One is that we recognise that we’re a community based fire and emergency service. Secondly, that we have a powerful mission and that mission is to protect lives and property, particularly here in Victoria.

 

But to put the strategy in place, we aim to do a variety of things. One of those is we’re going to focus on service delivery through our brigades, our Districts and our Regions. We’re going to ensure that our volunteers get adequate support and focus; they’re such a magnificent part of the capacity we have here in Victoria.

 

We’re going to develop and grow more leaders. We’re going to ensure we invest in the development of our people. And, furthermore, we’re going to maintain our focus on delivering what the community needs, always.

 

Our strategy also sees us working together as one CFA, not as many CFAs. Out of that, there’ll be great benefits for our organisation.

 

Structure

To deliver the strategy, we have to change our structure. I’m sure you’ll agree that the structure has served us well over a period of time. But the needs of today and the needs of the future can no longer be delivered through the structure that we have. The structure will ensure that the Chief Officer has at his command the resources that are needed in the field to deliver the services that we must deliver.

 

It will also ensure for the first time that the Chief Officer has a clear line of sight and a management control through Regions, Districts and brigades. The line of sight for all parties will be direct and clear. Likewise, there’ll be a clear focus in the structure on volunteerism.

 

Also, though, in the structure we’ll be looking to ensure that our service delivery people – those at the front line – are well supported, and that that support is aligned behind them.

 

Next steps

Your managers will be talking to you about our strategy and our functional structure starting this week. It’s important for me and for our total executive team that you feed back as to how you feel about them, what suggestions you think may enhance it, and we look forward to those contributions.

 

We are committed to this change and we would ask that you come along the journey with us.To ensure that you know which way we’re going, we’ll keep you regularly informed so you do know how to contribute and how to participate in that process.

 

Change can sometimes interrupt activities. We’ll be sure that this change does not interrupt our preparation for the next fire season.

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