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Volunteers to trial new rostering system

By: CFA News

Category: Operational Information, Training & Recruitment

  9.37 AM 24 November, 2014

Location: District 13 News, General

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CFA volunteers in the Maroondah and Yarra Valley Groups will trial CFA’s new online rostering system this fire season.

From 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015, 22 brigades and two groups in District 13 will trial the State Rostering Application (SRA) to resource and manage strike teams when attending local incidents.

Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the pilot would enable members to better plan their response ahead of Total Fire Bans or predicted hot days.

“The pilot testing will give the brigades and groups the capacity to better understand volunteer availability and capability at any given time, at any different level,” CO Ferguson said.

“This is a significant benefit for CFA and addresses recommendations in the Victorian Auditor General’s Managing Emergency Services Volunteers report in relation to having a clear picture of our volunteer capacity at any time,” he said.

The application will save time by streamlining manual processes and can be integrated with other CFA applications such as IMS and TRAIN. Members can also submit their availability for a strike team via a custom-built webpage that integrates with the State Rostering Application. 

 “We’ve already held a number of local demonstrations and training sessions with our members so they’re ready to start using it next month,” he said.

“District 13 and more specifically, the Maroondah and Yarra Valley Groups, have been selected to pilot this system in order to test its operation for wider distribution.”

“Throughout this trial we’ll be asking members for their feedback and thoughts so we can adjust it to best suit CFA and our members’ needs into the future.”

The State Rostering Application is already operating at several integrated stations in District 8, including Dandenong and Cranbourne, following extensive consultation and training. Eventually, it will be rolled out to the remaining integrated stations, followed by all CFA stations across the state.

“By running the pilot in D13 this season, we will be able to test its functionality and make any necessary improvements before deploying it across the state in time for next fire season,” he said.

“Once it’s fully operational, we will be better equipped to roster our people through long running incidents and campaign fires – including the major, sustained incidents we saw last fire season.”

Last Updated: 24 November 2014