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Upgrades to Field Training Grounds, Kinglake brigade

By: Lex De Man

  11.00 AM 21 September, 2012

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We have just concluded a two day workshop to discuss and plan for the transition of the Field Training Grounds from Regional management to OT&V.  PAD Operators, representatives of Regional Directors and Managers Training & Development attended the workshop and provided various perspectives of how best to move to the new arrangements.  Phase 1 of the program will see the formal cut over of the FTG's to OT&V on the 3rd of December.  At that point all FTG staff will come under the management of OT&V.  The full transition will continue to be phased in over the first part of 2013.  The key areas of focus under OT&V will include: a review and update of OHS practices and procedures; the introduction of standardised environmental management plans and systems; and improved asset management and replacement plans to ensure long term sustainability of the facilities.

Fixed Training Infrastructure

Architectural drawings for upgrades to Huntly, Penshurst, Wangaratta, West Sale and Longerenong Field Training Grounds have been prepared and are being costed at present.  Drawings are being sent to the individual FTG's and the Regions for comment and feedback.  The next step after this is to proceed with obtaining relevant permits and then call tenders for the construction of the facilities which will include new classrooms, ablutions blocks, and changing areas.

All FTG's will get BA Filling compressors which will allow them to fill cylinders on site.

Kinglake Fire Brigade

Last weekend I was at the Kinglake Brigade Dinner to witness the unveiling of the Australian Flag that flew at the old Fire Station on Black Saturday, where the local community sought shelter from the fires that engulfed the town that day.  This was a very positive step-forward for the Brigade and a community that was devastated by the fires and which has shown enormous resilience in its recovery. Chief Officer Euan Ferguson was also at the dinner and presented Kinglake Fire Brigade with a Chief Officer Unit Citation for Courage.  The new fire station and SES facility will be officially opened on the 28th of October.

Emergency Services Foundation Scholarship - 2013

A reminder that the Emergency Services Foundation Scholarship 2013 Awards Scholarship Process is now open.  The purpose of the Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) Scholarship Scheme is to enable fellowships and grants to be made to members of the Victorian Emergency Services to assist members to undertake advanced studies in Australia or overseas.  I sent out an email across the organisation this week about the scholarship and I would encourage you to consider this opportunity or identify and encourage others to consider a nomination.

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