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ESF Scholarship a golden opportunity
Sometimes all it takes to kick start a great idea is the right opportunity and the right knowledge and contacts.
Emergency Services Foundation scholarships aim to do just that – supporting members of organisations such as CFA to pursue advanced studies and research in Australia or even overseas.
Any CFA member who has an idea or concept that could contribute to emergency management, prevention or response is urged to give serious thought to this opportunity.
Applications recently opened for the scholarship and will close on January 20.
CFA’s Kate Harrap (Acting Director Learning & Volunteerism) said CFA had a history and culture of innovation and ingenuity.
“If you can see potential for change or a way to do things better, then why not throw your hat in the ring,” she said.
“In an increasingly competitive funding environment, the work we do needs to be evidence and data-based whether that relates to response, equipment, training, or community safety.
“Who knows, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Kate said the key to securing a scholarship was to make sure applications had a strong focus on benefits to the community and to CFA or the fire services.
“You should also avoid duplicating projects submitted by previous winners, so I recommend going on to ESF’s website to look at what has been done before.
“The closing date seems quite a way off but since you’ll need to outline your proposed expenses and schedule, I’d recommend starting early and giving yourself enough time,” Kate said.
Applications can focus on areas including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery and risk management, and need to address all of the criteria set out on the application form.
An information session will be held on 20 September next week in at MFB’s Burnley St headquarters in Melbourne at 6.30 pm.
Past CFA Winners
A few examples of past CFA scholarship recipients include:
2016 – James Wong researched self-contained breathing apparatus technology. Phil Hawkey looked into implications of traditional planned burning practices for Victoria.
2015 – Wayne Rigg explored the use of aircraft to speed up the response of technical/specialist rescue teams and equipment on the ground.
2014 – Paul Elso investigated pre-planning procedures and tools for response to train fires.
2013 – Carl Gibson looked at novel approaches to improve the operational performance, resilience and safety of emergency services personnel.