Work is continuing on CFA's move to incorporate the philosophy of "mission command" into our doctrine. Focus groups (a mix of senior volunteers and career staff) have been developing concepts around an operational decision-making process (which reinforces the "dynamic risk assessment process"); a revised and updated set of Operations Principles; and a set of guiding operational behaviours. Work is also under way to establish the key steps in issuing a "leader's intent".
One of the common denominators during the major flood Response and Recovery Phases was courage; another was initiative.
At its February meeting the Board encouraged the Chief Officer to review the role of Groups. The review is a significant one for CFA as it could lead to a more central role for Groups in the chain of command.
When I started with CFA in November, I said I'd try to get around and meet as many volunteers as possible. My travels continue. In the meantime I just want to acknowledge the passion and commitment that I have witnessed in CFA volunteers, staff and supporters everywhere that I go. It is hard not to be infected by the enthusiasm that I see around me.