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VFBV District 8 Leaders Forum
More than 50 District 8 brigade leaders participated in the VFBV District 8 Leaders Forum on Sunday 28 July to discuss Creating our Future Together.
Focusing on the theme 'Creating our future together', leaders gathered information about proposed organisational changes and discussed their issues and concerns within an open forum.
The district was very pleased to have Board Acting Chair Claire Higgins attend as the keynote speaker, who gave an overview of her role on the Board, the relationship between the Board and the VFBV and a good background on the proposed organisational changes.
Claire highlighted that the Board will not compromise on four key areas:
· Front line services
· Support to volunteers
· Health and safety of our people
Claire also stressed that it's important for all of us to let the Board know (through the VFBV if necessary) if we believe there are compromises in these areas.
Claire went on to talk about the importance of improving our business processes and efficiencies to reduce red tape and ensure there is consistent support for volunteers across the state.
A highlight of the day was the Bob Burgess Award presentation. This award recognises outstanding volunteers for their all-round firefighting skills and leadership ability. There were two recipients this year – one for 2012 and one for 2013:
2012 – Steve Hicks from Pakenham Upper Brigade
2013 – Graham Simpson from Cockatoo Brigade
Well-deserved congratulations are extended to both Steve and Graham.
The CEO’s video briefing on Creating Our Future Together and presentations from Regional Director Peter Schmidt and VFBV Executive Officer Alan Monti, generated some robust discussion in the forum, which was continued over a barbecue lunch provided by Narre Warren brigade catering unit.
The VFBV District 8 Leaders Forum is organised by volunteers for volunteers, and continues to be a dynamic and informative event because it has a strong focus on current organisation themes and issues.