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The value of teamwork

By: Steve Warrington

Category: People

  11.29 AM 13 January, 2017


Location: General

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Welcome to 2017, I hope you had a great Christmas and got the chance to spend some time with your friends and family. 

We’ve had a busy summer already, with lots of header fires particularly up around the North East. There are still a couple of months to go, so I urge all of you to stay focussed on the fire season and keep up the good work.

We’ve received a bit of negative feedback again recently around members not behaving in line with the CFA values. I’d like to say once again that while we respect the right for people to express their different opinions, we need to make sure that this is done respectfully.

By and large we do this really well, and there is one story in particular I’d like to share with you today, as it embodies our values and everything we strive for here at CFA.

This story was shared by Captain Steve Rhodes of the Carrum Downs Fire Brigade, following a house fire his brigade attended in Seaford last week supported by the Patterson River and Frankston Fire Brigades.

“I cannot speak highly enough of the conduct and team work demonstrated,” Captain Rhodes wrote.

“Carrum Downs has always had a proud liaison with both the Patterson River and Frankston Fire Brigades, not only on the fire ground, but also in off fire ground activities and general communications.”

The captain credited the career firefighters who attended for their clear direction, quick decision making and engagement with partner agencies, including Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria.

“There is no doubt this emergency was a fantastic example of integration, particularly in the outer metro areas,” he wrote.

“It is a credit to the professionalism of all CFA firefighters on the scene.”

This is a really positive story, and has not occurred in isolation. I’ve admired our people right across the organisation coming together and focussing on what we do best, which is fighting fires.

So as the summer rolls on, remember our values, stay safe out there, and look after yourselves.

Last Updated: 17 January 2017