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Media Statement - Eaglehawk Report
CFA has completed its investigation into an incident at Eaglehawk Fire Brigade.
The subject of this initial investigation was the apparent assault of a 17-year-old female volunteer by four male volunteers, which was captured on the brigade’s CCTV on 27 November 2017.
This matter was initiated after senior volunteers reported the incident to CFA management.
Key findings of the investigation include, that:
• The incident on 27 November was not an isolated event, but part of a pattern of poor behaviour;
• There are cultural problems at the brigade, including a lack of discipline and respect;
• The consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor in at least one of the incidents; and
• The brigade has been let down by significant leadership deficiencies by its then-Captain who was involved in a number of incidents and has displayed a lack of responsible leadership.
As a result, a number of recommendations have been made and will be adopted, including steps to improve the leadership and cultural issues identified at the brigade.
Disciplinary action has been taken by the Chief Officer against four members of the brigade using his powers under CFA Regulations.
CFA does not tolerate any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination and all volunteers and staff are encouraged to utilise the range of wellbeing service provisions available to them, including the Complaints Hotline.
It is vitally important that cultural problems inside the organisation are addressed and young CFA volunteers are supported and encouraged to continue the good work of CFA.
CFA must collectively take a stand and work together to ensure that we grow into a modern and inclusive organisation for the future.
The full report can be read here.