Our primary purpose in Loddon Mallee region is to create and deploy an effective operational capability focused on preventing and suppressing fire, in order to achieve our CFA objective of minimising loss of life and property.
I have particularly found the exchanges of views, experience and ideas at the leadership courses to be of great personal value. It's been very instructive for me, as always, to see how others go about exercising leadership. The debriefs we conduct, after each participant has a go at leading the team through a mission, have produced some deep and meaningful exchanges.
One of the common denominators during the major flood Response and Recovery Phases was courage; another was initiative.
The following is a transcript of Mick's address in the video above.
Today I’d like to take the opportunity to talk to you a bit about organisational change.
In the last couple of weeks, the Board’s met and they’ve considered proposals that we’ve taken to them on strategy. And that strategy, they’ve termed ‘Creating our Future Together’.
As a fire service we could be described in many ways: by the number of brigades and fire stations that we have; the numbers of fire appliances; or the size of our communications system. But our most defining characteristic is, has always been, and always will be - our people.
Recently the Bayswater CFA Brigade elected Diana Ferguson as their Captain. She joins a small but growing number of females who share the leadership in the organisation.
2011 State Championships:
The first of our State Championships will take place at the end of February.
Last week CFA and DSE, on the advice of SES, VicPol and DHS readied for a new task in the wake of the floods occurring in the west and north of the State. We accepted the role of “clean up” in the immediate time after flood waters receded. CFA and DSE then established a structure that reported to O/O Rohan Luke on the Regional Relief and Recovery Committee. R/C Mike Wassing initially represented CFA on the Regional Emergency Management Team, then accepted the role of Chair of that Team in order to free up SES personnel.
Welcome to 2011! - Let' s make this a year "when everyone goes home safe!"
I strongly believe the person at the front-line of an organisation - in our case CFA firefighters - is the most important person and everything the organisation does should be focused on supporting that man or woman.
A two-year journey has recently ended for several of our senior Community Safety staff graduating from the specialised Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety), and congratulations are owed.
At CFA, we're embracing this new wave of online engagement; not because it's trendy, or it's fun to use the latest gadgets, but because it's what our community is demanding. Increasingly, our members, and the wider community, are relying on the online environment to find news, incident information and community safety advice from CFA. As a community service organisation with a diverse and geographically spread membership, we must listen and respond.
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When concentrating on the bushfire season we can be forgiven for focusing on the here and now, but of course work at CFA is not just seasonal, and as we approach the winter months we need to remain as ready as ever in dealing with new conditions and different challenges.
CSR refers to the practice of including the community's interests in corporate decision making. Often, it is associated with offsetting the environmental impacts of particular businesses' activities, but it can include a variety of corporate initiatives that ultimately benefit the public.
In my blog post Q & A update - Boundaries, Command and Control in December, one of the questions I answered was:
While I wasn't with CFA last fire season, like so many other Australians I watched the events unfold with anguish and sorrow, but also with an overwhelming sense of pride in the response.
Throughout each year, and especially in tough times like the bushfire season, we value and respect the enduring effort that you apply to your role.
"It's important to clarify that the CFA website itself was unaffected; the problem was with the messages being fed to the website. The computer server that enables the messages to go to the website failed . . . We also immediately commissioned a full and independent audit of the OSOM system by auditors Deloitte to make sure all actual and potential pitfalls are identified."
CFA crews have responded to incidents across our state and over the border. We've gone in early, hit fires hard and made sure any threat has been contained. And the coming week will no doubt challenge us again.
I've only been here a few months and I'm yet to see out my first summer, but I do feel like I'm beginning to understand what makes CFA tick. The veterans among you are probably tired of hearing that CFA is all about the people. I'm sure for many of you it's a well-worn cliché.
Having the technology to deliver regular online updates is one thing, but it's the quality of the interaction that will determine whether this blog is a success. So far, I've seen a wealth of considered opinions, well thought out comments and probing questions in response to my posts. So I'd say you're certainly keeping up your end of the bargain, and I'll continue doing my best to keep up mine.
Thank you for your feedback on my last blog entry about CFA's changing boundaries and improved command and control arrangements. It's encouraging to me that so many of you are passionate about ensuring we do the best thing for CFA as well as the community, so I wanted to give you an update on progress since I last blogged.
Traditional boundaries are continually challenged by increasing population, community needs and expectations, and learning to live with a changing climate. CFA is operating in a new era and, as it has in the past, will ready itself to meet the future needs of Victorians.
You've been incredibly welcoming. No-one has yet run away when they've seen me coming; everyone I've met has been willing to spend time bringing me up to speed, answering all my questions and letting me know where we can improve. I'm already learning that CFA people are passionate about what they do.