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From the CEO – Support available for all members

By: Lucinda Nolan

Category: Other

  1.28 PM 17 February, 2016

Location: General

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It’s been an extremely difficult few weeks for all our members who were fortunate to know, work with and share a friendship with Mildura Senior Station Officer Damien Burke. Although he had not been with CFA long, he made a huge impact on those around him.

An enormous contingent of firefighters from both CFA and MFB paid tribute to both Damien’s life of service and his mateship in a very emotional fire services send-off last week.

My thoughts and sympathies are with Damien Burke’s family, friends and colleagues. He was much loved personally and hugely respected professionally.

During the past few days, we have read and listened to media reports about the psychological impact emergency service work can have on those on the front line. I know as a former police officer how hard it can be to attend such horrific incidents day in and day out, and being a firefighter is no different.

We know that the safety of our members is not just about their physical health but also about their mental health.

CFA continues working to provide members with the tools, resources and information they need to take care of not just themselves but each other. This is being done in many ways, including increasing awareness of psychological health and safety in CFA and providing education and training for members to proactively manage mental health and wellbeing.

We will continue to keep you informed of these mental health and wellbeing initiatives for CFA members.  In the meantime, I want to remind all our members of the support services we offer.

These include:

Peer Support Program –trained members offering support and advice – contact your local Peer Coordinator

Member Assistance Program – a 24-hour counselling service – 1300 795 711

Chaplaincy Program – offering 24-hour pastoral care – 1800 337 068

Wellbeing Intake Line – access to wellbeing services which include coaching, mediation, case management support, training and education - 9262 8409 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HeadsUP online toolkit - information and advice on managing mental health and relationship

Click here for more information.

Executive Leadership Team

As some of you are aware, last week Margareth Thomas, our Acting Executive Director, People and Culture, announced she will be leaving CFA.

After almost two years with CFA, Margareth has decided to use her leadership experience and background in psychology to pursue a new career path.

Mark Sullivan, Executive Director, Communication and Legal Services, has also informed me he will be leaving CFA for an exciting opportunity in NSW.

Both Mark and Margareth have contributed significantly to making CFA a stronger organisation and I wish them both well for the future.

We will begin the search for candidates for both roles in the coming weeks.

Red Paper

Meanwhile, I’d like to remind you there is still time to provide your views about CFA’s future as we develop the Red Paper – our 10-year plan for CFA.

Given the overwhelming response to the Red Paper feedback, we are extending our consultation phase. As well as being able to respond via email, we will be holding workshops, roundtables and other consultation activities during the next two months.

More information about the Red Paper can be found here.

Last Updated: 24 February 2016