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Fiskville Update #22
I'm pleased to announce a new environmental advisor for all CFA training grounds has been appointed and will commence with the organisation next Monday 17 December.
Robert Powell will work in the Informing the Future program office and will be responsible for leading the development, implementation and maintenance of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems across CFA's training grounds. This is one of the eleven management initiatives committed to by the Board following the Professor Joy Report.
As part of his role Robert will provide advice, information and guidance to CFA management and members on environmental related issues.
A key function of the role will be to ensure CFA complies with the necessary statutory requirements and other environmental obligations whilst improving the environmental conditions at site. Robert will also assist with the preparation of Environmental Management Plans and Systems as well as monitoring our environmental performance.
Robert holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech). He has over 15 years of experience working in environmental, auditing and sustainability roles in local government and the private sector. Throughout his working history he has developed and managed a variety of business and industry environmental sustainability programs on behalf of Manningham, Frankston, Kingston and Dandenong Councils, EPA Victoria and Sustainability Victoria.
Robert's name may be familiar to some already as he is a volunteer with the Menzies Creek brigade and has previously worked with CFA in Districts 13 and 14 in community liaison.
We welcome Robert into this role.
In other news relevant to Fiskville, work continues with the Health Surveillance Program. Our People and Culture team have already contacted people within a relatively higher risk of possible exposure groups, compared to others who were at Fiskville, as outlined within the Professor Joy Report.
The team has contacted 108 of the 109 people known to be in the ‘higher' category and all of them have been invited to participate in the five year health program. The offer has been taken up by 51 people and an additional 46 family members have been offered a one-off medical examination.
Of the 110 people in the ‘medium' risk of possible exposure group, the People and Culture team have identified 100. Initial contact has been made with these people.
The team will continue to work with Regional Directors to compile a list the names and whereabouts of past volunteer instructors, who fall within the ‘Medium' category.