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Volunteer Week

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 9 May, 2011

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This week is National Volunteer Week. It is time to recognise the strength and benefit that we, as a society, receive from volunteering.  Volunteers come in many forms.  In our schools, hospitals, aged and special care facilities; in sports, working with the disadvantaged and those with special needs; and working to provide hope and a lifeline for those who are down on luck and circumstance.  Emergency service volunteers in Australia hold a special place in our culture.  The volunteering ethos is strong not only in CFA, but in our communities and our governments.  Put simply, we could not enjoy the same standard of health, happiness and safety as we do if it were not for the efforts of our volunteers.  Globally, the strong culture of fire and emergency service volunteering in Australia is regarded with respect and some jealously by governments and emergency managers in other countries.  Our volunteering ethos is extremely valuable.  It is something to be grown, developed and encouraged in future generations.  On behalf of CFA, to all our front line people, we say: “Thank you! You do essential work. You create value by protecting lives and property. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Be proud of what you do. Keep up the great work!”


A recent Bushfire CRC Fire Note refers to the process of “pre-mortems” which has been developed by decision-making psychologist and author Gary Klein in his book “The Power of Intuition” (pp: 98-101).  Where a post-mortem tries to determine the cause of death or failure, the pre-mortem method is a team exercise to identify the “fatal elements” of a plan before it is implemented. The purpose is not to criticise the planner or to discredit the plan.  It is to identify weaknesses in the plan, and markers that indicate when the plan is no longer working.  The pre-mortem helps to identify worst case scenarios and develop strong plans through six steps:

  • The team is informed of the current situation and the proposed plan
  • Each team member imagines that the plan has catastrophically failed.
  • Each team member individually writes a list of possible reasons for failure.
  • The team consolidates the possible failures by listing reasons identified by team members.
  • The team revisits the plan to address the identified weaknesses
  • Periodically, the team reviews the possible reasons for failure to ensure the plan is strong.

Stawell Bushfire Forum:  Do We Need To Worry About Bushfires Anymore?:

The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is holding a forum at 1900 hrs on Wednesday 11 May at the Stawell Town Hall about the topic/myth that with so much rain, no one need worry about bushfires anymore.  Speakers include Dr Chris Weston of the University of Melbourne, and John Schauble of the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner.  All are welcome to attend.

Career Firefighter Information Sessions 2011

CFA is offering an opportunity for potential applicants to attend an information session to hear first hand about the role of a Career Firefighter in CFA and to find out about the recruitment process.  At the following sessions you will hear from current career CFA firefighters about their experience; learn about the training and how to prepare; and hear about the benefits of a career with CFA.  Sessions are as follows:





To book please ring

Tues 10 May


Ballarat Regional HQ -

4.30 pm

9262 8967



Geelong Skilled Stadium


9262 8426

Wed 18 May


Mildura Fire Station -


9262 8841

Thu 19 May


Etihad Stadium


9262 8967

Wed 25 May


Warrnambool Fire Station-


9262 8841

Wed 25 May


Bendigo Regional HQ -


9262 8249

Tues 31 May

Women in Firefighting

Etihad Stadium


9262 8426

Last Updated: 10 December 2015