Michael Bourne is the Manager Research and Evaluation based at CFA Burwood HQ.
Since our last update, the Member ID project team has been focussing on the review of the private firefighting equipment (PFFE) guidelines, and has been visiting brigades, groups, districts and regions to discuss these issues and gather direct feedback on the Member ID and TMP systems. The team has met with staff and volunteers from each region and with many CFA managers to discuss the PFFE guidelines and how they are being implemented.
The Member ID Project is implementing a coordinated interagency response to Recommendation 19 of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Final Report for CFA members to have an identification card or similar to facilitate their passage through roadblocks established in accordance with the Interagency Guidelines for the Operation of Traffic Management Points During Bushfires.
The Member ID project team has now met with RMTs and district staff in all regions to brief members on the new TMP and Vehicle Sticker system and the new Member ID system. The rollout of each system is now well underway across the State.
The Member ID project has been established as part of the Bushfire Preparedness Program to address Recommendation 19 of the VBRC Final Report, that: "The Country Fire Authority provide to all CFA volunteers an identification card or similar to facilitate their passage through roadblocks established in accordance with the 2009 Guidelines for the Operation of Traffic Management Points during Wildfires".
The new Member ID system is currently being pilot tested in District 13, in three Groups in the Loddon Mallee Region, and for Fire Investigators.
Hi all, thank you for providing views on issues we need to consider and suggestions about the way ahead. Over the past couple of weeks we have been discussing the project with HQ managers to gain an understanding of how the project activities fit with other projects and functions.
In my first few weeks I have been reviewing the background to the project and looking at the reasons why a volunteer ID has been recommended by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. I have also been looking at what opportunities the project may present to better support volunteers and meet other organisational needs.