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June update from the CFA Board
Loddon Mallee Regional Manager Pat O'Brien hosted a dinner for Board members, the Chief Officer and CFA members representing a range of brigades from across the region. It was an opportunity for those members to pose forthright questions about immediate needs, channels for assistance and other matters of concern to them.
The Board members were updated on the CFA submission to the independent Jones Inquiry into arrangements for CFA volunteers. The Hon David Jones held open sessions for volunteers across the State with training emerging as one of the most pressing issues for our members, amongst many others.
The Victorian Floods Review has also conducted community consultations around the State. CFA provided information on a range of issues including community advice and warnings, emergency management capacity and deployment.
The interim report from the Floods Review is due to the Premier at the end of June, and the report from the Jones Inquiry is likewise expected to be completed soon after the end of June.
The Board was also briefed on the rapid and cautious approach taken to the discovery of asbestos at the South East Training Ground in April.
The Fire Services Commissioner consulted with the CFA Board on his reform plan. More detailed information will be passed to members as it becomes available.
CFA took many opportunities during May's National Volunteer Week to showcase the dedication of our members. Stories appeared in newspapers around the State celebrating the work of local brigades and their vital commitment to their communities in the preservation of lives and property.
The State Budget was good news for CFA with funding received for 101 new vehicles and 60 new or upgraded rural stations to be built in 2011-12.
The Chief Officer reported on the Dandenong South factory fire, a significant structural incident with a number of agencies involved. Board members congratulated the Chief Officer on his own attendance at this incident, saying it sent a strong message across the organisation of supporting the frontline.
Work on the CFA strategy and a preferred organisational structure were supported by the Board and will be communicated very soon across CFA. It's vital we stay focussed on our role as a community-based fire and emergency service, and our mission to protect lives and property.