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Drouin West's recruitment solution

  • Bruce Jewell at the Community Engagement State Forum in 2012
  • Fire Safe Kids 1
  • Fire Safe Kinds 2

By: Jamie Devenish

Category: Community Safety, Training & Recruitment

  12.13 PM 28 November, 2013

Location: District 9 News, CFA HQ News

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Drouin West Fire Brigade has found a solution to delivering the Fire Safe Kids Program to local primary schools, by thinking outside the square in terms of brigade recruitment.

Captain Bruce Jewell could not find a current volunteer within his brigade that was available to deliver the program during the day. Bruce found a sample brigade role description titled Brigade-Community Information and Education, and worked with Schools Education Program Coordinator Dawn Hartog to modify it to suit his brigade’s specific needs and produced a tailored role description for a Fire Safe Kids presenter.  Bruce stated, “I didn’t want the kids in this community missing out on this important fire safety education and not having the capability in-house, I looked externally”.

The Baw Baw Shire, which services the local area, hosts a volunteer portal that attracts two to three people a week looking to volunteer in some capacity. Tracey Toohey, from Baw Baw Shire, was able to match Drouin West’s requirement for a Fire Safe Kids presenter with local volunteer Steven Bradley.

Steven Bradley was keen to take on the role and following a brief interview, was voted in as a full brigade member. Steven is about to undertake Fire Safe Kids training with plans to deliver the program to local primary schools in Drouin West and Jindivick in 2014 and is “looking forward to helping the local children learn and understand fire safety”.

Working with their community, Drouin West Fire Brigade found an innovative way to solve a common problem. According to Bruce, “Drouin West Fire Brigade does more than fight fires and we need volunteers that can assist us in the areas of prevention so that the community is better prepared. Hopefully we can reduce the number of times operational volunteers need to leave their families and attend emergencies”.

For more information on the Fire Safe Kids Program, click here.


Last Updated: 24 April 2014