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More than up to the challenge
It took just a few months for the Bannockburn Brigade members to realise that Jo Crockett's skills and abilities to lead and motivate people made her the obvious choice to become the Brigade's first elected "Community Fire Safety Officer".
Jo had for some time wanted to become involved with the Bannockburn Brigade and give back not only to the community, but to the CFA as a whole. After some discussions about possible non-operational roles with the Captain and 1st Lieutenant, Jo decided it was time. Jo joined the Brigade in March 2013 to assist not only with our community based activities but also to learn and develop her skills so as to assist the Divisional Commander in the event of the Bannockburn LCF being activated.
Jo has done both with outstanding results.
In early August 2013 the BMT decided to make the role of "Community Fire Safety Officer" a standalone position on the BMT and to take a recommendation for such along with the nomination that Jo be elected as the Brigade's first CFSO. It was passed unanimously.
Some of Jo's achievements since include a 3 year community engagement plan, attendance at the Community Engagement Forum in 2013, membership of the state Volunteer Reference Group ( the group responsible for organising the annual forum). Jo has enrolled for the Fire Safe Children's Program, organised Fire Ready meetings and displays at the local Farmers Market, assisted in running a brigade-focused Facebook site.
The latest initiative is the erection of a Community Fire Safety noticeboard at the front of the Station. The noticeboard is in a high pedestrian exposure spot and designated to raise awareness of CFA programs and community safety issues relevant to the local area.
Jo has also mastered the LCF computer and associated programs and has on several occasions over this fire season managed the computers and assisted the Divisional Commander in his role providing map print outs, weather updates, appliance reports and lots more.
Jo has made a significant input in a very short time. To say the Captain and the Brigade are thrilled with the results does not do her achievements justice.
The CFA as a whole will gain lots from Jo's contribution. Well done Jo!