OT&V Executive Director Lex de Man says the new focus on the management and operation of FTGs will achieve consistency of practice, common systems, standards and processes, clear responsibilities and accountabilities.
“In the coming months we plan to work with staff and volunteers at all sites to ensure there’s a smooth transition to the new arrangements,” says Lex.
He says that, initially, members will not notice any change. “You will continue to book and attend training in the same way you always have. Over time, you will see improvements, such as upgrades to water treatment and management systems and other investments in the facilities to improve training opportunities available to members at the FTGs.”
Under the planned transition arrangements, PAD supervisors and PAD staff will report to OT&V from 3 December 2012. Assets and budgets will not be transitioned until 1 July 2013.
Lex says the key areas of focus under OT&V management will include: a review and update of OHS practices and procedures; the introduction of standardised environmental management plans and systems; and improved asset management and replacement plans to ensure long-term sustainability of the facilities.
“The change of management reflects the CEO’s and the Board’s recognition of the fundamental importance of our training facilities,” Lex says. “The regional training grounds under the direction of the regional directors have achieved very good outcomes over the years in the services they have delivered to our volunteers, staff and other emergency services customers. This change will build on those achievements and enhance service delivery by providing a new focus on the management and operation of the training grounds.”
The full transition will continue to be phased in over the first part of 2013.