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Draft CFA Volunteerism Strategy update
The consultation and engagement with members around the draft CFA Volunteerism Strategy continued in recent weeks, generating important feedback.
Since the regional forums held in Beechworth and Nagambie in November, other regional forums have been held in Hamilton, Winchelsea, Boronia, Ararat, Horsham and Ballarat to capture member feedback.
The draft strategy was also presented to DPCs and Group meetings in Swan Hill, Castlemaine, Warragul, Melton, Maffra, Morwell, Yarram and Traralgon.
An information pack was mailed to every brigade secretary. It included a letter introducing the strategy, a copy of the document and a questionnaire to stimulate the conversation with members. A pack was also mailed to VFBV district council presidents and DPCs.
Members are able to access a copy of the document on Brigades Online and provide their views.
To encourage greater contribution, the deadline for feedback has been extended to 19 December 2014.
The key themes raised during the December regional forums include:
- The importance of good leaders with good ‘people skills’ at CFA, across all levels
- A decline in community understanding of volunteer brigades and shared responsibility for fire risk
- The need to ensure that the CFA Volunteerism Strategy is “more than just words”
- Appreciating senior members, retaining their skills and benefiting from their experience
- The impact and expectation of the time available for training; the need to keep it simple
- The role that authorities and CFA should play in “fighting” for volunteerism
- The importance of letting the brigades serve their communities in the way they know best
- Getting the CFA culture right
- Partnering employers, addressing employer support for volunteer activity
- A modern brand for CFA in the community
The feedback above will help shape the development of a final strategy, which will be presented to the CFA Board in the next few weeks.