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New pagers, AIIMS, gel crew protection system
Additional Evaluation Of New Pagers:
As a result of discussions between VFBV, CFA and ESTA, who are managing the transition to the new pagers, an additional 400 pagers have been secured to conduct a further evaluation of the product.
You will recall that, after a lot of feedback from the pager trial in December, CFA has requested a range of changes and enhancements to the new pager. The pagers selected for CFA are also to be used by Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police and SES. We are hoping that the additional evaluation (although over a short time period) will confirm our confidence that the changes requested by CFA have been implemented.
NSW Bushfire Conference - Resilient Environment, Resilient People:
We have been advised of the above conference that will be held on 4-5th June at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre in Surry Hills, Sydney. Contact the Nature Conservation Council of NSW for more details.
AIIMS - Beyond Incident Management:
As part of the review of AIIMS doctrine undertaken in 2012, the AIIMS Steering Committee made a recommendation to AFAC Council "That the AIIMS Steering Committee be given the charter to develop a set of principles and underpinning concepts for the management of emergencies beyond incident management." The AFAC Council endorsed this recommendation and noted that it would be undertaken in the context of the work currently being done by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre. The AFAC AIIMS Steering Committee has agreed that the work would need to be broken up into manageable parts and initially, work would commence with the development of a Discussion Paper on principles and arrangements relating to regional level emergency management and the relationship with Incident Management Teams. CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington has agreed to Chair this group. We expect that a paper will be available around June this year.
Ultra-Light Tanker Gel Crew Protection System:
CFA's Manager R&D, David Nichols is heading up a project team that will look into the use of gels for crew protection from burn-overs. In particular, we are looking at systems that might be suited to slip-on unit / ultra-light tankers. These systems may, in time, also have an application in other vehicles such as Forward Command Vehicles. Industry, CFA engineers, DSE, AFAC agencies and the Bushfire CRC will be involved in this research which will include the test burning of a vehicle at the NSW field testing facility at Mogo.
Women And Fire Mentoring Program:
Last weekend I attended the graduation event of the Barwon South West Women In Fire Mentoring Program. Led by a small group of talented CFA women, including Jill Parker a volunteer from District 5 and also a local government Councillor and Julie Windzar, BSW Human Resources Manager, women from throughout the district have been matched to mentors, both men and women. The participants have been involved in a range of firefighting and leadership activities that they may not otherwise have been able to in their own brigade environment. It was an inspiring day to see the growing self-confidence and sense of "CFA purpose" amongst these women. In many of the participants, the women are now finding themselves amongst their Brigade first responders and are also assuming leadership roles. Congratulations ladies: "You can do it!"
Rowville Brigade Now Integrated:
On the 11th May 2013, CFA assigned staff (a Firefighter, Leading Firefighter and Station Officer) to day shift at Rowville fire station. In the same week, the new Emergency Services Minister, The Hon. Kim Wells was involved in the sod turning of a new fire station at Rowville that we expect will be on-line within about 14 months. This is a significant milestone for the Brigade and I congratulate the Brigade and OIC OO Mark Kennedy on the work they have put into making the integration work.
"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