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OT&V Update

By: Lex De Man

  11.00 AM 11 April, 2012

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We have now concluded the appointment of the three OT&V senior management positions.  James Stitz, who was a manager in the previous Learning & Development Team for several years, takes up the role of Executive Manager Training Development.  The two other appointments are external candidates. They are Manager Volunteerism, Kate Harrap. Kate starts today with us, being the 10 April.  Manager Training Delivery is Craig Ferguson and he commenced his new role last week, on the 2 April.  Both Kate and Craig have a sound knowledge and understanding of CFA.


In appointing James, Craig and Kate to their positions I'd like to again note some important objectives of OT&V. First, that our training becomes consistent in its purpose and delivery across the whole of CFA.  Secondly, we must continue to find innovative solutions and ways to make training more accessible to volunteers, and thirdly we must aspire to build on our CFA volunteer model that will make us a pre-eminent volunteer organisation in Australia. I welcome James, Craig and Kate to their new roles.


On another matter our Training team is about to begin the rollout of a poster titled ‘Who can train and assess'.


The intention of the poster is to ensure that there is an absolute clear and consistent and single message on the matter of who can do what when it comes to training delivery and assessment.  The poster, will be distributed to Brigades/Groups/Districts/Regional HQ's/Training Facilities/HQ, in the coming couple of months. Brigades can also choose to order a smaller A4 version is preferred.


In developing the poster there has been extensive consultation and engagement process with various Regional and Headquarters personnel, including all members of the Senior Leadership Team, Employee Relations and the VFBV.


The document will also be posted on CFAConnect, Brigades on Line and at our request on the VFBV website. In addition an article will appear in a forthcoming edition of The Fireman and in the next Brigade magazine.


Just a final word about latest staff movements, Volunteer Services Manager, Charles King will be going on extended leave from 20 April for a period of several months. OT&V Projects - Heather Lindup will backfill this role in the interim period.

Project Update

The following are a couple of updates on the Fixed Training Infrastructure project. 

Driver training tracks

Off Road Driver Training Tracks are to be purpose built at CFA Field Training Grounds Sale, Longerenong, and Penshurst. In addition, the Driver Training Track at the Huntly FTG will be extended and improved. Where it is not practical to build a track within an existing CFA Field Training Ground site, privately owned locations will be used.  We are currently working with our legal team to develop Memorandums of Understanding and finalise lease agreements to confirm occupancy and enable CFA to construct Off-Road Driver Training Tracks on proposed private sites in the Southern Metro, Hume, and the Loddon Mallee Regions.

Sunraysia FTG

The planning around the development of a new site in the Sunraysia is progressing well.  Work on identifying a suitable site is continuing and an update will be available in the near future.  I would like to express my thanks to Regional Director Pat O'Brien, MT&D, Leanne Rose and their teams for the work they have put into identification and negotiations around acquisition of a suitable site.


Other news


The review of the CFA Assessment Guidelines has been finalised and can be downloaded from the Training & Development > Policies and Guidelines page of the intranet/Brigades Online.


As these guidelines are the basis for the conduct of all competency/training assessment processes in CFA, please make sure that all assessors in your region are aware of the update and familiar with the content of these guidelines.


We are, of course, keen to keep these guidelines up to date and would welcome your feedback if you notice any necessary changes from time to time. Feedback should be forwarded to Tony Duckmanton.


Quentin Mattiske from the Christmas Hills Fire brigade reports he's impressed with the new WebTRAIN system.  He said it clearly shows the requirements for skills maintenance and provides a relatively simple system to record who has done what eliminating multiple databases that is going to strengthen and simplify our skills maintenance training program.


Alison Breed, our TRAIN System Administrator says CFA member Rosemary Bosse also agrees the new training materials online page is terrific. Rosemary commented that being able to access so much vital and useful information will be a great asset to members at the new HQ Brigade within District 9.


Last Updated: 10 December 2015