The CFA Board has expressed its gratitude to the many thousands of CFA volunteers who have been working tirelessly for weeks to protect lives and property in various communities across the state
Chair Greg Smith AM said Board members had received a comprehensive briefing on the fire situation at the State Control Centre this week, including an outline of the logistical effort involved in moving teams and equipment in and out of firegrounds and isolated townships.
Mr Smith said the Board has been impressed with the commitment of CFA members, both staff and volunteers, who are giving up their time and leaving family and work commitments to support the intensive bushfire effort.
Mr Smith said a number of CFA volunteers had lost their own homes while protecting communities and the Board was strongly focused on ensuring appropriate welfare support for all impacted CFA members during what is expected to be a prolonged fire season.
The Board is also ensuring there is a general focus on mental health for those who have participated in this long campaign, with reporting by the CEO/CO on measures to regularly reinforce the emphasis on the welfare and safety of CFA members.
The Board also thanked the hundreds of people and organisations who have provided donations and offers of assistance to CFA, adding this support was greatly appreciated by CFA.