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From the CO - ANZACs, interoperability and rally

By: Joe Buffone

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers, Operational Information

  5.41 PM 22 April, 2016

Location: General

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Remembering our ANZACs

On Monday 25 April we will remember, honour and reflect on the service and sacrifice Australian men and women made for our nation. It is also an opportunity to recognise the professionalism, courage and selfless bravery of those still serving today.

This is the 101st anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Australia’s defence is intimately tied to volunteers and to the ethos of volunteering. There exists a deep cultural connection between the motivations of volunteers to the first Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and volunteer fire and emergency services. Between 1914 and 1918, 147 Country Fire Brigades Board volunteers were killed in action and a further 191 were wounded. Volunteering was one of the characteristics of all our diggers.  CFA is proud of this connection. May they all rest in peace.

Wicked Problems, New Solutions: Our Fire, Our Problem

The International Association of Wildland Fire and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC held the 5th Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference in Melbourne and Portland, Oregon USA concurrently from 11 - 15   April. The conference theme of Wicked Problems, New Solutions: Our Fire, Our Problem acknowledged that we need to share information globally about bushfire behaviour and fuels, how we engage with communities and other stakeholders so that we can act locally to protect our communities and our natural environment. In any given year we are reminded of the relevance of innovation and research in the emergency management and land management sectors. The research, case studies and personal reflections on show during the Conference demonstrate the significant work and the benefits that will be delivered over coming years, both in Australia and internationally. The two post conference field trips offered the opportunity to demonstrate operationally the benefit of research and the latest technology coupled with community engagement. This well places agencies for the implementation of ‘Safer Together’.  I had the opportunity to present as the Chair of the National Fire Danger Rating Working Group on the National Next Fire Danger Rating System. Once all the presentations and videos have been uploaded, a link to the conference material will be available on Brigades Online. I thank Deputy Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee on the success of the event.

Interoperability - Release of Breathing Apparatus Set Tender

I’m pleased to announce that CFA has released the tender for new breathing apparatus sets as part of the multi-agency Respiratory Protection Replacement Project. CFA is coordinating this project on behalf of MFB, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and Ambulance Victoria. I thank everyone involved in getting us to this point. This latest step is a major milestone on the way to establishing a single, compatible system across all emergency services. More information can be found here.

The right to express our opinions

We have the privilege to live in a society where we are able to openly express our opinions and views and are encouraged to do so. Consideration of a diverse range of viewpoints challenges our thinking and results in contemporary public policy. Equally, all members of CFA are permitted to express their personal views and political beliefs. CFA respects the right for representative bodies to make representation to management and to voice a view or position. CFA is not seeking to limit anyone from exercising their right to participate, but reminds all staff and volunteers that actions outside of what’s permitted are not acceptable. With respect to the proposed rally on Saturday, participation must not impact operational service delivery or compromise public safety. 

Last Updated: 22 April 2016