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PAD supervisors congratulated
It’s now official. All CFA training campuses have transitioned to the management of Operational Training and Volunteerism (OT&V). This follows a staff appreciation event held at Fiskville this week to celebrate the successof the transition and thank PAD operators and support staff for their efforts in moving to the new arrangements.
All campus staff, budgets and assets will now be managed by OT&V. This will afford standardisation of management, procedure and practice, particularly as it relates to human health, safety and the environment.
Executive Director of OTV, Lex de Man says the day was a special event to celebrate the success of the transition. “It’s about expressing our sincere appreciation to a select group of CFA people who have performed an exceptional duty in accomplishing a unified transition of the regional training campuses from regional management to the OT&V Directorate,” Lex says.
“We set out on a journey together in late 2012 following a CFA Board recommendation to centralise the management of all regional training campuses. Following workshops with PAD and regional staff, the PAD Supervisors moved across to OT&V from a line management perspective on 3 December 2012,” he says.
CFA Board Member Peter Harmsworth AO attended the event. He noted that the transition of the training campuses stemmed from Professor Rob Joy’s ‘Understanding the Past to Inform the Future’ Report. “It was recommended that to achieve a consistent approach and assist with funding priorities and standardisation that the campuses all come under one management structure at state level,” Mr Harmsworth said.
“A lot of hard work was done to ensure transition was to occur in a seamless manner and this required the PAD Supervisors to rise to higher challenges and meet the new demands and expectations whilst at the same time ensuring that the campuses continued with business as usual. This change meant that the local relationships with volunteer and career firefighters became even more critical to ensure that the campuses remained an integral part of the training delivery resources available to all regional members.”
Mr Harmsworth said firefighters rely on the PAD Supervisor to ensure that real life scenarios are simulated at the campus in a safe and controlled manner to enable them to improve and maintain their skills in fire & emergency responses. “This is a critical role and service that the PAD Supervisors provide as it helps keep our firefighters safe when they respond to an actual emergency.”
Later, Mr Harmsworth was joined by CFA CEO Mick Bourke, and OT&V Director, Lex de Man in presenting an appreciation certificate, gift and flowers to:
• Frank Beukelman
• Richard Gardner
• Paul Moore
• David Priest
• Darren Rentsch
• Chris Rosewall
• Brian Smith ( also a National Medal)
Recognition of support certificates to:
• Aaron Gardner
• John Myers