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Fiskville update #21 - twelve months on
Twelve months have passed since reports into the historical live fire fighting training practices at Fiskville, dating back as far as the 1970s, initiated the Independent Fiskville Investigation.
We're already well underway in implementing the ten recommendations
contained in Professor Robert Joy's Understanding the Past to Inform the
Future report, which is based on an exhaustive six month investigation
including over 300 interviews and a search of four million records.
Much has been achieved in this time; however there is still more work to be done. We anticipate that given the scope of work indicated in the Professor Joy Report and CFA's management initiatives, work may not be complete for some years.
In the five months since the Professor Joy Report was released, two of the 10 recommendations and seven of the eleven additional management initiatives introduced by CFA are now complete. Work on the remaining recommendations and management initiatives is well underway.
In addition to the multi-million dollar independent investigation led by Professor Joy, $5 million will be spent over the 2012-13 financial year to implement the recommendations and initiatives.
Last week we were very pleased to announce the Monash study, which will investigate the cancer incidence and causes of mortality among Fiskville trainers and instructors.
The study was a key commitment following the Professor Joy Report and
honours the serious commitment we have made to our members.
While we have made significant changes to the Fiskville training ground
since the Professor Joy Report was released, the study is one of the most
important recommendations because the welfare of our people is at the forefront of our minds.
This has been a difficult journey for CFA as an organisation and we acknowledge that it has also been extremely difficult for the members
who may have wondered whether their time at Fiskville has caused them harm.
This is why we are pleased to know that the Fiskville Cancer Study has now been commissioned and work will begin to compile the relevant data shortly.
Ultimately the Informing the Future program will lead to a renewed focus on the safety of our people, care for the environment and the continuation of Fiskville as a world class training facility.
Our members have used this facility to deliver training for volunteer and career firefighters for over 40 years and Fiskville will remain Victoria's primary ‘all-hazards' training facility long into the future.
I'd like to again thank our people for their hard work and support over the past twelve months, in particular the staff at Fiskville who are so passionate about the facility and delivering high quality training to our members.
10 Recommendations - two have been completed and three are over 80 per cent complete.
11 initiatives - seven are now complete.