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Living legends' life after trucks
More than 580 years of combined service to CFA and the community was celebrated at a dinner honouring 18 “living legends” and their partners.
The celebration of members from CFA’s Eastern Metropolitan Region acknowledged the service and commitment of long standing volunteers who may no longer be able to jump on the back of a truck but still contribute their wealth of knowledge and skills to the up and coming volunteers and recruits and their community.
CFA Eastern Metropolitan Regional Director Dave Baker said it was vital the enormous skills and experience of the “legends” isn’t lost once long standing members decided to take a less active role.
“As CFA continues to shape its service in an evolving joined up emergency management sector, our members will be faced with the challenges that arise from change,” he said.
“More so than ever, our “livings legends” provide the foundational strength to this diverse organisation and we will need to call upon their wisdom and guidance as we chart our course through unfamiliar waters.”
It’s the second time the region has reached out to this group and their partners with the theme of this year’s event “life after the BRT (Big Red Truck)”.
Members were presented with a “Life After Trucks” card, to encourage involvement in operational support roles where they could continue their valuable contribution.
These roles include Community Fire Ready program, staging area team, ICC/divisional command support, Fire Safe Kids program, brigade support, recruit training support, HQ brigade, strike team transport, catering trailer team and brigade secretary/treasurer.
Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington delivered the key note address at the dinner and paid tribute to the huge contribution.
“It is important that maturity and knowledge are not lost to CFA simply due to changed personal situations such as health or competing priorities,” DCO Warrington said.
“It is important that CFA continues to access this knowledge and this concept of recognising the “living legends” of CFA is an excellent forum for this to occur. I commend D13 staff for this excellent initiative and encourage others to consider how to access, recognise and support long serving members that have so much to offer CFA beyond a fire truck.”
A video of the evening cataloguing members’ experiences will be produced and distributed throughout the region.
Eastern Metropolitan Human Resources Consultant Wendy Tuckett said the dinner was a huge success.
“This was a fantastic segue into encouraging our “living legends” to expand their thinking into life after trucks and the immense value of the future contributions they can make to their brigades,” she said.
“In the coming weeks, the captains will meet with the “legends” to not only find out how the evening went, but to have a conversation about what might be next for them in their CFA brigade life.”