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Hazelwood mine inquiry briefing
A briefing session about the Hazelwood Mine Inquiry is now available online for CFA members, ahead of the public hearings which begin Monday 26 May.
The session was delivered to Gippsland volunteers and staff last week to explain how the inquiry will work, the terms of reference, CFA’s role and how the Gippsland region is providing support.
Regional Directors Mark Potter and Peter Schmidt also used the briefing as an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of all members and congratulate them on a job well done.
“Our people stood up to the challenge in very tough circumstances, often with a lot of support from family and friends in the background. This was an extremely complex incident and I’m proud of what we achieved,” said Gippsland Regional Director Mark Potter.
“As always, I encourage people to make the most of CFA’s range of welfare services if they feel they need to talk to someone – these are also available to their family members.”
A common question that came out of the session was the potential for CFA members to be called up which, according to Regional Director and Joint Director of the Inquiry Peter Schmidt, is unlikely to occur below the Incident Controller level.
“Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley will be presenting as a key witness throughout the inquiry.. We’re working to keep number of witnesses called to a minimum and our goal is to lessen the impact of the inquiry on our people wherever possible,” said Peter.
“If our people are called to provide information then CFA has a support system in place, and the inquiry team will assist them with any welfare and logistics support. Interviews have already been conducted with a number of Incident Controllers in preparation for possible further involvement.”
Further debriefing opportunities are being organised for CFA members and more details will be available in the coming weeks.
- CEO Blog – Preparations underway for Hazelwood Inquiry
- Government media release – Premier announces independent Inquiry into Hazelwood Mine Fire
- Powerpoint presentation from the briefing session.