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Jones implementation well underway
CFA has delivered its first quarterly report to outline progress with the Jones Inquiry Implementation Action Plan, which shows that 11 action items are complete and another 14 in progress as of January 31.
The ‘CFA Jones Inquiry – Implementation Action Plan’ includes 46 strategies and 141 actions to be delivered over a number of years. It was developed in conjunction with VFBV as a response to his Honour David Jones AM’s ‘Inquiry into the effects of arrangements made by CFA on its volunteers’ report in July 2011.
CFA will continue working with VFBV to monitor implementation of this action plan and ensure that it delivers the desired outcomes for CFA members. This progress report is the first of many and future reports will be refined as implementation continues and feedback from brigades and VFBV take into consideration.
The first quarterly update can be accessed here and some of the key points summarised below.
Theme 1 – Culture and leadership to empower volunteerism
In 2012 the CFA Board confirmed the vision (to protect lives and property) and mission (working together with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies) for the organisation.
We now know our preferred culture – one where all members encourage each other, are achievement oriented, affiliative and self-actualising, with a strong focus on people/task orientation and increased satisfaction levels.
Theme 2 - Recruitment, retention, recognition and utilisation of volunteers
A process to simplify brigade transfer for volunteers was implemented in April 2012, eliminating unnecessary frustration with volunteers moving from one brigade to another.
CFA has reviewed the VFBV Welfare & Wellbeing Survey to ‘monitor and measure volunteer perceptions about factors affecting their welfare and efficiency’. Further work to embed and measure effectiveness of these processes will be addressed through the ‘Volunteer Support Program – Volunteer Development Project’ implementation.
Theme 3 – Strengthening the volunteer-based and integrated service delivery model
CFA is improving the capability of Incident Management team members in Level 2 and Level 3 roles and 17 senior volunteers are working towards Level 3 Incident Controller accreditation, as part of the Incident Management Team Training Project.
The ‘Engaging your community – practical examples from brigades across the state’ video has been launched to provide practical advice and assistance for brigades. This was developed by the Member Engagement Reference Group, made up of 16 volunteers from around the state, and includes input from all regions.
Theme 4 – Improved support for brigades and communities
The joint CFA/VFBV Information Technology Committee has been established and a working party consisting of volunteers and paid staff is being set up to explore further utilisation of CFA networks, locations and/or future NBN opportunities.
Theme 5 – Training Development
Following extensive statewide consultation with volunteers and VFBV, a 'Minimum Skills Review - Report of Findings and Recommendations' has been presented to, and endorsed by, the Chief Officer to replace the minimum skills wildfire program originally introduced in the late 1990’s. An implementation plan is now being formulated, including the design, piloting and implementation of a new program.
Theme 6 – Training Delivery and Assessment
The CFA Operational Training Discussion Paper was released for consultation in June 2012 and received 190 responses via paper based and online feedback. This feedback will inform the development of the Operational Training Strategy.
The Chief Officer has endorsed the 'maximum density' model for delivery of Level 2 first aid training, which will provide every CFA member with access to Level 2 first aid training. The funding arrangements will require further scoping and consultation, as well as business rules around how the training will occur and under what conditions. CFA will be involved in this as part of the development of a multi-agency State Training Framework, developed under the auspices of the Fire Service Commissioner.
The Training Materials Online site became operational in February 2012 and is regularly updated as new materials are approved for use. Materials on the site contain learning manuals, presentations and learning and assessment strategies which include instructor notes for facilitating training sessions.
- CEO Blog: Jones implementation action plan - endorsed by the CFA Board
- CEO Blog: Jones Inquiry update.