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Latest news from Acting Chief Officer Steve Warrington
This month we welcomed both Joe Buffone as the new Deputy Chief Officer Readiness and Response and Alen Slijepcevic as the new Deputy Chief Officer Capability and Infrastructure.
Joe was formerly the Deputy Commissioner at the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner and has been a CFA volunteer for the past 10 years. He has led a number of highly strategic responses to events such as the 2009 Victorian bushfires and the floods of 2010-11.
Alen was formerly the Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Capability with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). For seven years he coordinated all Forestry Tasmania firefighting activities in single and multi-agency environments and was a key contributor to the Victorian Bushfire Strategy, with specific responsibility for the workforce and capability elements of the project. Welcome to the team Joe and Alen!
Queen's Birthday Honours
Congratulations to the 17 past and present CFA members who have been recognised for their contribution to the fire services and their communities through the prestigious awards of The Medal of the Order of Australia, the Australian Fire Service Medal and the Public Service Medal. Receiving The Medal of the Order of Australia was Bruce Campbell OAM, David McGahy OAM, Michael Chapman OAM, Frances Burns OAM and George Burns OAM, Ian Ewart OAM, Robert Rankin OAM, Ron Jacobs OAM, Terry Baker OAM, and Alexander Stoneman OAM. Receiving the Australian Fire Service Medal was Alan Dale AFSM, Bill Watson AFSM, Don Kelly AFSM, Joan Steel AFSM, Peter Marke AFSM and Trevor Roche AFSM. Receiving the Public Service Medal was Craig Lapsley PSM. Thank you to all for your service. A job well done to and keep up the good work!
Bushfire Education in Secondary Schools - Teaching Professional Development
On Thursday I opened a forum focused at introducing bushfire safety messages into the Victorian Secondary Schools Curriculum. Attended by School administrators, curriculum coordinators and teachers the main discussion points were Bushfire facts and lessons learned, the empirical evidence about bushfire education and classroom-ready resources and Developing a bushfire education program for your school. Congratulations to CFA Community Development Coordinator David Williams for the great initiative in developing this program. Well done!
Community Engagement & Fire Awareness State Forum - Creswick, July 14 &15
Do you want to share local brigade initiatives that work? Do you want to network with like-minded CFA members? Are you a Lieutenant with a community safety portfolio? Do you want to learn more about community engagement? If you answered yes to any of these questions please register your interest online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012StateForum. I'll be attending this forum as I see a resilient community as core business within CFA and would encourage your participation.
Lasting Memories Mosaic Seat - St Andrews
I attended the opening of the new St Andrews Fire Station last week and was approached by St Andrews resident & CFA Member Mrs Nan Oats who has along with a number of other ladies from the St Andrews Community come together to share stories, laughter and tears in the form of a Mosaic Seat. While congratulating these ladies for this initiative, I'd recommend to all that if travelling to or through St Andrews, this Mosaic Seat is well worth a visit. Located at the front of the St. Andrews hall.
New State Resource Request System
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