Members of the District 8 Women's Network had the opportunity to tour inside several of the aircraft, including this CH47 Chinook.
There was a buzz of excitement as 20 District 8 volunteers approached the Essendon Fields Airbase, already sighting several firefighting aircraft based at the location for the current summer season.
This incredible opportunity was part of a visit coordinated by the South East Region Volunteer Sustainability Team for the District 8 Women’s Network on 4 February.
The tour links back to a request made by several members of this network looking to gain more understanding about the variety of pathways in CFA and fire organisations, as well as avenues and opportunities in professional and personal development.
The airbase, which is home to Victoria’s emergency services airwings, is currently housing two night firebombing helicopters. This includes the CH47 Chinook, which has already supported operations during the day, and the Air Attack Platform and Air Intelligence Gathering aircraft. These were the highlight of the visit.
The women had the opportunity to learn about what each of these machines can do and what their current tasking in Victoria is, and sit in each of the aircraft, checking out the high-tech equipment. Some took the opportunity to sit in the pilot seat while speaking with the airbase team about their experiences and the equipment itself.
These activities are part of a whole calendar of events for the District 8 Women’s Network, catering to the volunteers' needs. CFA's Volunteer Ssustainability Team is continuing to successfully deliver programs and services that make a positive difference, providing a great place to volunteer and work, while contributing to CFA being a progressive emergency service.
A huge thank you to Graeme Briggs and the team at the airbase who made this valuable day possible.