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From the CEO – New Commendation and Fiskville
I believe it’s important we recognise our members who strive to go above and beyond their roles to serve CFA and our community.
That’s why I have introduced a Chief Executive Officer’s Commendation award that acknowledges those who have demonstrated outstanding work, whether they are on the front line or part of our support team.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that District Mechanical Officer (DMO) Glen Mumford and Fleet Coordinator Lisa Peters (pictured above) are the recipients of the inaugural commendations.
Both Glen and Lisa have worked tirelessly over many months to enable the sale of second-hand trucks to both the National Fire Authority in Fiji and the fire service in Tuvalu.
This was a complicated and lengthy process which Glen and Lisa did in addition to their day-to-day roles. I commend them both on their great work.
Twelve months ago, CFA’s Fiskville training site was closed. I want to pause and acknowledge how difficult the past year has been for many of you.
I also want to recognise the tireless work of the broader training team in establishing alternatives for delivering training since the closure of Fiskville. You have done this work under trying circumstances. We are now a step closer to finding the best location to establish a new training facility in the Central Highlands.
We have also made progress on the future siting of the Firefighters’ Memorial, including reaching out to eight regional and rural municipalities to seek their involvement in a State Firefighter Memorial. Several other sites have also been suggested by CFA members through the Firefighters’ Memorial Survey. A working group made up of CFA, EMV, VFBV and UFU representatives is looking at the options.
Red Paper and Fire Services Review
In recent weeks there has been considerable work done on the development of CFA’s Red Paper which will map out our future direction for the next 10 years.
The paper will be a blueprint for CFA, government and the community to understand where funds and resources are best allocated. We will draw on the Victorian Fire Services Review released last week and the Government’s response to the Review in further developing the Red Paper.
CFA members still have a chance to provide feedback into the Red Paper, with a new survey online. The Red Paper is scheduled to be finalised next month.
Chief Officer Joe Buffone and I will talk more about the Red Paper and the Fire Services Review during two online sessions next month. We will provide more detail on these shortly.