Unregistered CFA Vehicles:
Last Tuesday, it emerged that 22 CFA owned vehicles were listed as unregistered on the VicRoads system. This occurred due to an error in our system of work. CFA takes full responsibility for this error and views this failure very seriously. Through our Fleet Services team, we are currently working to fix the system so it is more robust. CFA has arranged for stand-in vehicles to replace firefighting vehicles that were identified as unregistered. These are the usual support arrangements implemented when trucks are at the District Mechanical Office or engaged elsewhere. This has not impacted on our service delivery. By yesterday 14 of the 15 operational vehicles involved were re-registered and back in service. The remaining firefighting vehicle will be returned to service by the end of this week. My advice is that mechanical servicing has been maintained on all the vehicles but three - and these are located at museums or have been privately sold.
Appreciation For Home Bushfire Advice service:
A Flowerdale resident recently wrote to CFA as follows: "Dear CFA, I am writing to congratulate you on such a worthwhile Community Program. On Saturday 1st September, we had Craig Lawless arrive on time and spend one hour giving us a great amount of reassurance and guidance on how best to prepare our property over the fire season. He had a device to measure exactly how many metres our trees are away from the house which is great to know as we could only best guess as to whether they were a threat. Craig was very professional in his manner and gave us sound practical advice - all detailed to our specific circumstances - which was the just the best information you could get. Craig's visit has given me confidence and peace of mind. Thank you CFA." Great work Craig and a testament to the Home Bushfire Advice Service!