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Hazelwood Mine Fire report, Blue Ribbon Day, CFA Open Day
Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry
The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report, was tabled in Parliament on 2 September. The report contains 18 recommendations, 12 directed to the State Government which Government has supported. The other 6 are directed to GDF Suez. CFA will work with relevant agencies to contribute to the recommendations relevant to CFA. Whilst the scale, complexity and duration of the fire presented many challenges, in its report, the Board of Inquiry commends the fire services for leading the successful suppression of the mine fire. The Inquiry Report also recognises the significant work of the Fire Services Commissioner, CFA and other emergency services for their communication with the community during the fire. The Report equally identifies areas where more can be done to prevent future events of this magnitude.
The Emergency Management Commissioner (EMC) has established a taskforce as part of the Hazelwood Coal Mine Inquiry Implementation Plan which will examine preparedness for the 2014/15 fire season and for 2015/16. The taskforce will be led by the EMC with CFA represented by District Operations Managers from Districts 7, 9 & 10.
The establishment of a new CFA District, based on the City of Latrobe local government boundary, has also recently been announced by Government and will help mitigate the critical infrastructure risks, through the provision of specialised resources, response plans, integration with infrastructure operators, training and exercising. The establishment of this new District will be a separate project, managed by CFA. A team is currently being formed to scope and progress this project. Engagement with local stakeholders will shortly occur to discuss the process for implementation.
Blue Ribbon Day
As a fire service, we know all too well the courage and dedication shown by our members to protect lives and property in Victoria. This month, we also pay tribute to fellow emergency service men and women from Victoria Police who have sacrificed their lives serving the community. In total, 157 Victoria Police members have been killed in the line of duty. Of these, 30 have been murdered, which underlines the dangers police members face on a daily basis.
This year, Blue Ribbon Day falls on Monday 29 September. To find out about services in your area, visit www.remember.org.au/Home. Money raised for Blue Ribbon Day goes towards new and improved emergency facilities in public hospitals named in memory of fallen officers. I encourage our regions, districts and directorates to get behind this important fundraiser and day of remembrance by hosting a morning tea or small event of their own during September. To receive a fundraising kit for your event, you can contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation on (03) 9555 8000. You can find out more about Blue Ribbon Day and the Blue Ribbon Foundation by watching a video, featuring Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay and Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells.
Registrations are open for CFA Open Day!
This is the 4th year in a row CFA Open day, formerly known as CFA Sunday, will be run. This year brigades don't have to hold their open day on the last Sunday of Fire Action Week which falls 16- 23 November and can have it any day from September to December.
CFA Open Day is a great opportunity for our members to connect with their community and share some important fire safety messages in a fun and relaxed environment.
Get your team members on board, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/events and register your CFA Open Day!
Contact your CEC for more information.