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A number of District 14 brigades have received a share in more than $11.6 million allocated under the new Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Peter Ryan, announced the emergency service groups successful in receiving the grants at an official event at the Life Saving Victoria headquarters held on Friday. As part of the program, Bulla Fire Brigade has been successful in applying for funding for a medium tanker, Green Vale and Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigades have received a Field Command Vehicle, Wattle Glen will purchase a Quick Fill Pump and Toolern Vale will get a replacement back on their tanker.
A D14 Brigade Leadership forum will be held at Attwood on Sunday, 14 August. All brigades have been invited to this forum; however, I would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of our District’s future leaders to attend. It is vital that we provide good direction to assist these members in leading and managing busy brigades.
Something you may have heard a lot about of late is Mission Command. Mission Command is a better approach to Command and Control. Its aim is to move decision making as close to the incident as possible. This then allows greater use of initiative, within guidelines, to manage an operation. Mission Command is the way of the future and will not just be applied in an operational sense, but across all of CFA’s business. It’s a long-term project with its implementation in our District being overseen by Regional Commander Alan Ellis. Please follow this link to read more about Mission Command to ensure we all have a clear understanding of its principles.
District 14 is currently in the process of distributing a document with information about Single Incident Emergency Assistance protocol. This includes details and processes in contacting emergency support, such as the Red Cross, in the event of a house fire or other similar incidents.
This month discussions will continue around Future Operation Infrastructure Plans (FOIP) for CFA’s North West Metro Region. This is on the back of a recently held forum where brigade members across the district met at Attwood to discuss the strategic planning processes around FOIPs. The feedback we have received has been positive, and furthermore, it has been pleasing to see the interest among members in being involved in the future direction of District 14. This region faces huge growth, and while there are challenges associated with that growth, we have had some fantastic input from brigades, about what our future might, and can look like.
There will be limited availability to Operations Officers and Brigade Administrative Support Officers (BASOs) during the first week of September as these staff work to up skill in team building and leadership.
As of today, 8 August, I am on four weeks leave with Operations Officer Tony O’Day performing my role.
Operations Officer Justin Justin is leaving District 14 in about a week’s time to take up his new role as Operations Manager in charge of CFA Training College Fiskville. All the best to JJ in what no doubt will be a challenging role and thanks from all of us here for your service to the groups and brigades within D14.
This report is an accompaniment to the District 14 Operations video report. Search for ‘District 14 Operations Report’ in the video section of CFA Connect, on CFA TV in Youtube and on Facebook (search