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Learning from brigades' support

By: Michele Konheiser

Category: Health & Safety, People

  12.59 PM 19 April, 2013


Location: General

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The Communities and Communication survey conducted in 2012 revealed that brigades want to hear more from other brigades about what they do well and what they’ve learnt.

We here in Organisational Wellbeing strongly agree that there is a wealth of information in brigades that could be shared more widely than it currently is.

We know many brigades have great internal processes and procedures to support each other during potentially traumatic events and during day to day issues of hardship (distress from life events, distress from interpersonal conflict, family and financial pressures.  In other words, you’re well versed in looking after your own.

In the spirit of sharing this knowledge and wisdom, Organisational Wellbeing aims to collect these ideas, processes and procedures and develop a Brigade Social Support Framework document to capture what works and what doesn’t work.  We’re starting this process in May and will be continuing on until July 2013. We’ll then share this framework with Brigades across the state via personal visits, online information and hard copy guidelines.

A Brigade Social Support Framework document will also contain some evidence based practical tips for managing members who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. When dealing with a potentially traumatic event, saying and doing the right things at the right time can minimise the impacts and improve the recovery. And Brigades are well placed to do this.

Of course the Welfare Services that CFA provides, will continue to play an important part in a brigades set of resources that they can use for more complex situations and general expertise in psychological wellbeing issues.

How can my brigade get involved?

You’ll need to register your interest to participate by the 10th May 2013. To ensure a balanced perspective from across Victoria, we’re looking for many brigades to share their best practice methods. To register please email Peter Davis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . You can also telephone  03 9262 8069.

How will we collect the information?

There will be a number of meetings at brigades, online questionnaires and phone discussions to collect the information. 

Who is involved and when will this occur?

One of CFA’s volunteers in Gippsland will be conducting some of the meetings and discussions. Ben Hoffman is a CFA member who is undertaking a thesis study. Together with members from the Organisational Wellbeing team, the meetings with brigades will take place before the end of July 2013.

Last Updated: 22 April 2013