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Ethical decision making workshop
On Sunday 4 May, 19 CFA members attended an Ethical Decision Making workshop at the Kyneton Fire Station.
The group comprised six staff members and volunteers from the Kyneton Group and further afield with one travelling from Swan Hill.
Story by Rebecca Pethybridge
The workshop was opened by District 2 Operations Manager, Steven Smith who reflected on some of the situations he had come across during his career and how ethics had played a role in guiding his decision-making process. This set the tone for members to consider their own experiences and how they had come to the decisions they had made.
Participants were introduced to the concept of ethics and the role it plays in daily decision making. It’s about making the right decisions, exploring difficult questions, developing a well-informed conscience, being true to the idea of who we are and what we stand for.
To build on the theoretical knowledge, members were presented with dilemmas that were based on real-life CFA experiences. On a number of occasions, members were heard saying that the presented dilemma resembled a real experience their brigade had been through.
As each dilemma was presented, members were asked to explore possible outcomes and given a practical decision-making model to work through each issue. Sometimes the group agreed on the outcome, but other times coming to a final decision proved harder than initially thought.
The program is based on a model that incorporates the body, heart, mind and spirit of ethics:
> Body – ethics frameworks, such as codes of ethics and conduct
> Heart – competing stakeholder relationships
> Mind – ethical dilemmas and decision making models
> Spirit – contribution to society
At the end of the workshop, members reported that they found it be thought provoking and worth doing, providing members with a process to deal with making ethical decisions.