I am pleased to announce new appointments to CFA's leadership team. Each of the individuals below brings to their role significant experience, knowledge and expertise. Their skills and capabilities complement each other and those already existing in our organisation. The diversity and strength in the team ensures CFA is in the right hands to achieve our goals.
Successful Fuel Reduction Burn At Cardinia:
Allan Budziarski, who is Vegetation Management Officer at Southern Metro has advised of a very successful 62 ha burn carried out last week. Robbie Irving (Upper Beaconsfield) was burn OIC and was mentored by Wildfire Instructor Mark Barille. Resources were drawn from Upper Beaconsfield, Bunyip, DSE, and Melbourne Water Corporation. Allan reports that Approx 500 litres of water utilised throughout the entire duration of the burn (approx the same amount of burner mix!!). Ecological values that were accounted for in the planning stage included habitats for the Powerful Owl Habitat, Musk duck and Blue Billed duck and sensitive riparian zones. Allan says that further burns are planned for spring 2012. This is important and valued work. Terrific effort, and thank you!
We're focusing on making improvements in a number of key areas to build a stronger, more cohesive organisation. This will be better for our communities and our people.
The structure focuses on teams, moving away from our language of divisions / departments to communicate our commitment to working together - across traditional functions, across our regions, with our volunteers, communities and stakeholders towards One CFA.
A key theme of feedback we have received from around the state is to include reference to volunteers in our description of who we are. The Board has now adopted these words:
Reaffirming who we are and what we do unites us and helps focus our energies as preparations for the next fire season pick up pace. Final positions on community safety policies for the 2011-2012 fire season were progressed at a multi-agency work shop in July. Plans are in place for multi-agency pre fire season briefings to take place from September.