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National Volunteer Week

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 15 May, 2013

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This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. This is an opportunity for all Australians to say "THANKS A MILLION!" to our volunteers.

Volunteering is a vital part of our culture. Be it as a school crossing supervisor, in an aged care facility, working in our National Parks, or providing welfare, support and hope to our homeless street kids, volunteers inspire hope and purpose to those less well off in the community. CFA depends on our 57,000+ volunteer members to contribute their knowledge, skills and experience. We thank their employers and their families who support them in their volunteer work. We recognise the tremendous sacrifice of our self-employed volunteers who put everything on hold, including their livelihood, to protect their community. We'll be profiling volunteers and their employers on CFA News and through the media all week. At a small morning tea in CFA HQ's today, we heard from the CEO of Volunteering Victoria,Katherine Koesasai. CFA volunteers Chris Wilkinson (Ballarat City), April Himmelreich (The Basin), Darren McGrath (Patterson River), and Vickie Linaker (The Basin). All gave us an insight into their volunteering life, how they balance the competing needs of family, work and CFA and of their pride in their service to their community. Inspiring stuff! CFA is built on nothing but the strength and dedication of its people. We are all proud to work with our volunteers every day. To each and every one of you: "Thank you!"

2013 Resilient Australia Awards:
Commissioner for Emergency Services, Michael Hallowes, has advised that nominations are now open for the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards. These recognise innovative practices and achievements that are making our communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. The Resilient Australia Awards, previously known as the Australian Safer Communities Awards, is an annual program sponsored by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, in conjunction with states and territories. The awards cover all aspects of community safety and building disaster resilience - risk assessment; research; education and training; information and knowledge management; prevention, preparedness, response and recovery - and entry is open to any organisation or individual. Further information about the awards program, judging criteria and online entry portal is available from

Community Bushfire Preparedness:
The latest Bushfire CRC Fire Note, Predicting bushfire preparedness from bushfire expectations. This Fire Note outlines research into community preparedness undertaken after the bushfires in the Perth Hills in February 2011. It is also available on the Bushfire CRC Website at:

Last Fire Season: "How Did We Go?":
As per previous years, the ‘Joint Incident Management, Operations and Safety Survey' (previously Post FDP Survey) has been prepared in relation to the 2012/13 Fire Season. This process is done in conjunction with DEPI, MFB, SES, VicPol and the Fire Services Commissioner. We are seeking a response from any CFA member who was involved over the last fire season. The web based survey takes approximately 15 - 20mins and is open until 3rd June 2012. The survey link is: If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Operations Manager Kevin Pettit on 9262 8934.

Firefighting Vehicle Design Workshop:
DCO Alen Slijepcevic recently convened a workshop that will ensure the design and functionality of our firefighting fleet reflects industry best practice. To this end, presentations were made by DSE, SES and MFB on their vehicle design criteria and their future challenges. It is logical that, in rural and forest fire fighting, CFA and DSE has some commonality in appliance typology. Similarly, with MFB and high urban appliances and specialist appliances. Expect to hear more of this project in the future.

"One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying."

- Joan of Arc

Last Updated: 10 December 2015