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International Firefighters Day, The Spirit of CFA
Today, 4th May, is International Firefighters Day. It is a day for us to honour the memories of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This Sunday many of us will be attending the memorial service at Fiskville, alongside CFA members, families, friends, colleagues and distinguished guests, to remember the 66 CFA firefighters who have died serving our community. It is important to recognise the men and women in our community who commit themselves to protecting the safety and welfare of our family, friends and neighbours and often, strangers they have never met. I encourage everyone to take a moment today, and on Sunday, to reflect on the work our firefighters carry out every day, to commemorate the memory of those who are no longer with us, and to celebrate the strength that comes from being a part of the CFA family. Our work can often be long, dangerous, difficult and with little reward. Every once in a while, a firefighter may be asked to do something extraordinary - to think quickly and clearly, to act decisively and to provide help amid scenes of great trauma, tragedy and personal risk. Today is a day to thank all firefighters for their extraordinary commitment, exceptional courage and for their selfless service and, sometimes, sacrifice. Some of you have served our communities for most of your life. For some a few short years. But you set yourselves apart as model citizens. You set a fine example in our community. Your willingness and dedication to serve is to be congratulated. Thank you for your service, your commitment and for your courage.
The Spirit Of CFA:
On International Firefighters Day, I am reminded by those deeply moving words on "The Spirit of CFA" posters produced in the wake of the Black Saturday fires: "Hailing from all walks of life, you are our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, our grandparents, neighbours and our friends. You help and protect us, without wanting of recognition or reward. In our time of need you are there. Your courage and compassion are inspiring, your loyalty unquestionable. You comfort us with a tender hand; you stand at the face of nature's beast and fight for our lives and our land. You are the essence of the true meaning of community. You epitomise the Australian spirit, the spirit of CFA."
Fiskville Recruits March On ANZAC Day:
Senior Instructor and Operations Officer Chris Bingham has reported that ANZAC Day at CFA Training College Fiskville this year started with a service at 0800 involving Recruit Squads 1 and 2 of 2012. The two squads of 25 Recruit Firefighters were joined by their Instructors and Fiskville hospitality staff in a service led by O/O Bigham prior training. Later, both Recruit Squads and Instructors made the short trip to Ballan to support the local Ballan community in a march from the Ballan RSL to the Cenotaph where O/O Bingham laid a wreath of remembrance on behalf of CFA Fiskville and both Squads. For most of the Recruit Firefighters, this was their first time marching in an ANZAC Day Service. Chris Bingham reports that they enjoyed the opportunity to participate with local CFA Volunteers, school groups and other community organisations.
Developing CFA Doctrine:
Members of the Command and Control Project Team (Regional Commanders and their planning assistants) are busy developing proposals for a reviewed set of Principles of Operations; core operational behaviours and tactical decision making processes and tools. Also included in this work package is to be a re-statement of the "Safe Person Dynamic Risk Assessment Process" (SPADRA). Depending on the consultation, this base doctrinal work will form the core of a new "Red Book" operations manual. The intent is that the doctrine will include core CFA philosophy, mission command and key safety messages. Further to this CFA specific work, a "Common Doctrine" project, led by CFA, has commenced with MFB, SES and DSE. The intent is, over the next 2 years, to develop common SOP's and a sector approach to developing key documentation in various areas of operations and fire management. In the future, wherever possible, a whole of sector approach will be considered for doctrine.
"Do your best. Always do your best in everything that you do. That way you will never disappoint yourself"