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Promotional Programs preparing CFA for growth
More CFA career firefighters are training to move up the ranks, as part of Growth Programs’ 350 Firefighter Program (P350) to improve service delivery in our communities.
The current series of Promotional Programs is underway at VEMTC Bangholme, training 31 career firefighters seeking Leading Firefighter (LFF) and Station Officer (SO) qualifications.
Sixteen candidates are undertaking the LFF development course at Bangholme over the next few weeks, with assessments taking place in November for successful candidates to be promoted to this rank.
Fifteen candidates are undertaking the SO course at Bangholme over the same period, with assessments scheduled in December.
Operations Officer Graham Kirk – Promotional Programs manager - said the courses differed from recruit firefighter training in that the focus was on developing leadership skills.
“While recruit firefighter training is about honing practical skills, Promotional Programs works to enhance, develop and maintain supervisory, management and incident controller skills in urban and bush fire environments, which is all about management of people and operational management decision making,” Graham said.
“Basically we’re building leadership skills in our people in an operational sense.”
Topics covered include Command & Control (urban & rural), HR conflict negotiations, short-duration drills, lesson delivery, in-tray processing of common forms and procedures at CFA, and other administrative and operations legislation.
“The instructors are highly experienced and give candidates solid grounding to take the next step in their careers,” Graham said.
“P350 requires a larger number of our career firefighters to move through this training so we can prepare our workforce for growth and ensure the 350 new recruits we’re employing have adequate support from upper ranks when they start on station.
“We’re preparing for current and projected growth to ensure we have the capacity to see the new recruits going through their practical training right now can return for lessons in leadership in two, three and four years’ time.”
The 31 candidates will return to their fire stations at the end of the three weeks’ training to consolidate their learning before completing assessments towards the end of the year.
Watch a video about Promotional Programs below: