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More women needed: Chief
At CFA’s first ever event to mark International Women’s Day, Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has expressed a genuine desire to see more women at top levels.
In a heartfelt speech in front of more than 150 members from around Victoria, he said that CFA was looking at strategies such as accelerated career pathways, including pathways for volunteers to move into substantive operational roles.
“Today is about looking at the future. It should be challenging the past, and developing some visions for the future,” he said.
“Women make up only about 20 per cent of our overall membership. In our operational ranks, particularly in our senior command and control positions, there’s an absence of women at CFA and also in the fire and emergency services industry as a whole.
“This must change.”
Mr Ferguson said that a greater number of women in decision-making roles would make CFA not only a more representative but a more effective organisation, adding that CFA needed to challenge its existing processes, culture and biases.
Outstanding CFA women representing 88 brigades attended the event, held at Bell City Preston. They were joined by the Hon. Heidi Victoria, Minister for Women’s Affairs, CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, Chief Commissioner Victoria Police Ken Lay and Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director Victorian Women’s Trust.
Ms. Victoria officially launched Celebrating CFA Women, a booklet comprising stories and profiles that represent the contributions of CFA women in operational and non-operational roles. Watch a video compilation of the booklet below.