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Green Paper feedback, Fire and Emergency Checklists

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 3 October, 2011

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Well Done And Keep Up The Great Work To:
"Well done!" to the leadership team and the organisers from Bayswater CFA Brigade for hosting the "Control Line 2011" conference last week. Speakers included the Minister for Emergency Services The Hon. Peter Ryan; retired Maj Gen Jim Molan AO DSC; Professor Chris Brook (Dept of Health); Professor Paul ‘t Hart (via video); Captain Chris Johnston (recently returned Intelligence Officer from Australian Army); and Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley. The conference (which attracted a large attendance) focussed on lessons learned from major military operations; crisis management principles; the political realities that overlay management of major emergencies; and the military 'intelligence management' process.

Updated Fire And Emergency Management Checklists:
Project Coordinator Matthew Fraser has advised that a new version of "Fire and Emergency Management" Checklists has recently been printed. These are now being distributed to Districts. The checklists have been comprehensively reviewed, taking on board feedback from many members. Immediately noticeable is the reduction in size - the review identified a lot of information that wasn't relevant to a "fireground" reference checklist. The checklists are in pocket and A5 versions. Key information includes safety and first aid; vehicle safety; radio procedures; role checklists; technical advice for common and uncommon incidents; and a host of technical references. I commend you to spend some time noting the contents, and ensuring they are readily accessible when on the job.

Changes To Regional Manager Lines Of Reporting:
CEO Mick Bourke has recently announced that Regional Managers will now report directly to the Chief Officer. These reporting arrangements will ensure a more direct line in our service delivery capability. This is not about trying to bring the new proposed organisational structure into place by another mechanism. It is simply about changing the reporting lines from what was the Director Strategic Planning and Area Coordination. I hope you can all assist in making these arrangements work successfully. This will be positive for CFA as we approach the fire season.

CFA Seeking Feedback On Green Paper:
CFA members are being encouraged to provide their comments and thoughts on the Green Paper - "Towards A More Disaster Resilient and Safer Victoria" - released by the Minister Hon. Peter Ryan on 12th September. CEO Mick Bourke says that CFA will engage with CFA members and the VFBV to provide a submission to Government on the Paper. Mick reinforces that "This is an opportunity for CFA to have a strong say in any future changes and improvement in the emergency services. All contributions from members will be greatly appreciated and will help shape the CFA submission." Regional Managers and Operations Managers have been asked to facilitate forums to seek feedback from CFA members. Members can also email their views to James Fox, Manager Office of the CEO, at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" title="James Fox email" mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy48739 + '\'>'+addy_text48739+'<\/a>'; //--> by Friday 14th October. To read the Green Paper visit:

About Compassion:
Someone who is compassionate has a concern for the wellbeing of others, and is someone who "looks out" for others. A compassionate person will display empathy, or an understanding of another's point of view. Margaret Somerville writes: "Compassion is suffering together with another. We must stand in the shoes of another if we are to have compassion". When you give yourself away in compassion, you become stronger. The Dalai Lama: "Thus we can strive gradually to become more compassionate, that is we can develop both genuine sympathy for others' suffering and the will to help remove their pain. As a result, our own serenity and inner strength will increase. I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion". In many ways, compassion is at the core of our CFA values.

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes again, only sooner."

- Tallulah Bankhead

Last Updated: 10 December 2015