The diverse faces of volunteers across the state have been captured as part of the Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Project, with photos now available online for CFA people to download and use for recruitment purposes.
Retaining volunteers is highly important to CFA’s sustainability.
The Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Project will see the development of a new streamlined approach to the volunteer program to improve and strengthen brigade sustainability at the local level. Read more about CFA's volunteer sustainability projects.
The photos form part of a suite of resources that will be delivered over the course of the project. They reflect the diverse range of roles and areas that our volunteers are involved in – whether that be in support roles in brigade offices and grounds or emergency roles in the field.
The trip captured Anglesea volunteers raising fire safety awareness at primary school level, Gordon’s female volunteer captain Diane Lawson with her crew, as well as volunteers from Wycheproof and Mount Hotham enjoying both their day jobs and volunteer roles.
Local communities and iconic Victorian landscapes that our brigades are located around are also showcased – including the Grampians mountains in Halls Gap, silo artwork in Brim, and the Barwon river mouth in Barwon Heads.
Two CFA volunteers Blair Dellemijn and Mark Slater were photographers on the project.
Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Project Manager Saskia Van Bever thanked all the volunteers who got involved in the project and encouraged brigades to make use of the photos.
“The photos can be used for any volunteer recruitment activities including on brigade social media and websites,” Saskia said.
“We captured some wonderful images. There are some amazing juniors programs run across these regions, and we were lucky to have some junior members photographed in their roles at their local brigade.
“It was also great to see a diverse range of volunteering families – with different generations alongside each other.”
Further reading: Revamped digital library now available
Members can access the photos via CFA’s Digital Library (formerly CFA Pix).
Image orders will be processed in most cases within 24 hours from Monday to Thursday. Orders submitted after 3pm on a Friday will be processed the following Monday.
When ordering images you will be asked for your Project Name and Purpose, this is to explain how the image will be used. Please include any extra information to help ensure a quick approval.
Once the order has been approved, the images can only be used for that specific project. Images are single use only and are not to be used for multiple projects.
If you need to use an image for something other than was included on the request, you must re-order the image and provide the new project and purpose.