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Latest news from Peter Schmidt, Southern Metro Regional Director
The recent communications survey, which many of you completed, clearly indicated a high level of interest in the regional directors' activities. I'm pleased to welcome this opportunity to provide you with a regular update on our direction and happenings within Southern Metropolitan region.
We are further enhancing our communication to the region via a new circulation called ‘From the Regional Director' that will replace our current Eight magazine. This will enable us to communicate on a timelier basis within the region, providing information sooner.
This initiative forms part of our regional management team's (RMT) key strategic focus for 2012-13, being our ‘People First' strategy. This will see us concentrating on building a vital communication and consultation framework, stakeholder and partnership maintenance regime, and the embedding of CFA's values and behaviours that will be used as part of our everyday business in
We will also take more opportunities for face-to-face contact between brigade members and RMT. We are doing this through monthly field consultation meetings with volunteers and also working closely with Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) District Council and being involved in their leaders forum on Sunday 9 September 2012.
Many of you will be well aware that we are key contributors to the current emergency medical response (EMR) trial being conducted by CFA. Seven of the 10 brigades across the state in the trial are part of our team. These brigades include Mornington, Edithvale and Berwick (from the original trial in 2008) and joining that group in the latest phase is Dandenong, Hallam, Cranbourne and Springvale. These brigades have attended 371 EMR calls in the 2011-2012
financial year over and above their normal dedicated service to our communities, which is a great effort.
This pilot program is scheduled to conclude in October 2012, after which CFA and Ambulance Victoria will conduct a thorough review. Without pre-empting this review, our participating brigade members have successfully saved several lives and supported many individuals that has resulted in a very positive outcome for the patients involved. I continue to be impressed by the commitment of our participating members in this program and, in terms of community service, it would be good to see this program expanded. This trial has once again proven our ability to take on diverse and challenging tasks in Southern Metro and do it well.