Questions addressed include:
"Is the CFA looking to employ more VMO's across the state to help with the current work load?"
"Do you get the sense Chief that Vicroads and Municipalities are going to step up to their fuel management obligations despite funding pressures from so many other parts of their business. I know you say if you own the fuel you own the fire however I'm not sure they agree."
"We have been getting assistance from DSE in roadside burning this year, has there been any consideration by CFA in asking government to recognize this assistance as part of the 5% requirements for DSE targetted burning?"
"Having attended a couple of roadside burns, they are a great training opportunity, especially for newbies. Can we do more to link brigades and DSE to do burns together?"
"Is there a way we can remove the Red tape for councils to make it easier for them to meet there obligations?"
"Chief you may need to revisit the wordback stats , to many burn off (legal) are classed as a fire....they should be false alarms ( with good intent ) need to do some training in this area."
"If a planned burn cannot be done due to weather conditions on the planned date, Why cant the burn be deferred to another date without going through all the process again and resubmitting it?"
"Any thoughts on how we can inform the community that we will be carrying out roadside burns so that they don't think there is a bushfire in their area?"
The next online Q & A will be with CEO Mick Bourke at 6pm on Wednesday 4 April. If you’re not able to make it you can pre-submit a question or suggested topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.