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Crew Leadership in D14
Over two full days in early August, 9 firefighters from Melton, Hoppers Crossing, Research, Plenty, Caroline Springs, Epping and Toolern Vale in around District 14, come together to take part in the District 14 Crew Leader Development Course held at Fiskville.
“I developed the Crew Leader Development weekends to provide members who may find themselves as incident controllers of structure fires and incidents, with an opportunity to develop and enhance their command and control skills,” explains D14 Instructor Kris Wilms.
“This takes place in a coaching environment free from the pressures of assessment and features a range of fires and incidents that gradually increase in complexity throughout the weekend.”
Incidents range from a small ‘washaway’ and bin fires, to car accidents with entrapment, car fires, house fires, all the way up to gas powered bullets venting. Always under the watchful eyes of Instructors, they are shadowed throughout, from the time they are given a turnout, till when the drill is complete, with feedback given throughout the scenarios.
There is also a TEWT (Tactical Exercise Without Troops) on the Saturday night that crews take part in, with a mock Hazardous Materials incident, where options for tackling the incident thrown about
throughout the evening.
“The District 14 volunteer instructor team work closely with course participants to ensure they are learning in a positive and supportive environment,” explains Instructor Wilms.
Many thanks also go to the Fiskville PAD operators, as well as the ‘actors’ who threw that added bit of complexity into the scenarios.
Firefighter Leigh Dovile from Plenty Fire Brigade gives his insight, “I would recommend anyone that is looking to further their skills to manage small incidents within their brigade, to nominate for this
course as there is a lot to be learnt out of it.”
Pictures and Video by Blair Dellemijn – CFA Photographer.