In my blog post Q & A update - Boundaries, Command and Control in December, one of the questions I answered was:
"Does the change to boundaries affect assignment areas?"
And this was my response:
"Yes, some brigades will see changes to their assignment areas. Some of our affected brigades are ready to move to the new areas so we're already supporting them to make it a smooth changeover. Other affected brigades are not yet ready, but we're also giving them the support they need to bring them to the point where they're comfortable to make the switch. There are also many brigades that won't be affected at all. Also, the boundary changes will affect us administratively because we're going to move from nine Areas to eight, and the regions within those areas will be renamed 'Districts'."
A number of people have asked for more details on this issue so I'd like to clarify the extent of any changes to assignment areas.
Only a small number of brigades may require some minor changes to their assignment areas. These types of minor changes occur from time-to-time for some brigades and they will continue to be managed in consultation with the Operations Managers and Brigade Management Teams as part of business as usual.
So we're not going to see wide-sweeping changes to brigade assignment areas across the state as part of the Ready for the Future program.
I hope this clears up any concerns and thanks, as always, for your feedback. I'll be blogging again soon to provide a broader update on Ready for the Future.