Many of CFA’s senior leaders attended a leadership conference this month.
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson reminded all that our mission is to protect lives and property.
Mission Command was also covered with a reminder that the main principles are that; decisions are to be made at the lowest level and, the Commanders desired end state or intent is to be clearly communicated.
A reminder to all that we are all leaders and all followers at different times. We are also all members of multiple teams. Lets all try to be great leaders and great followers.
New pagers are coming. They will be quicker, more sensitive and a bit smaller. We will forward more info on them when we have it but, watch this space.
The bridge at Darraweit Guim is open again. This bridge has split the town in half for a long time and is now fixed much to our delight.
Section 29 inspections are continuing with a special thanks to those brigades that have assisted with this so far.
As we are now into the structure fire season a major structure fire exercise will be held at Epsom ICC on 23rd May. The night is set around a large fire scenario and its management in a Level 3 IMT setting. An invite has been sent to Brigades and Groups. Please discuss with your Group Officer if you interested in coming along.
The next DPC meeting will be an all day strategy meeting on Sunday 17th June at
VESEP applications have been prioritised by the DPC and forwarded for input into the state process. Good luck to those who submitted applications.
Members are reminded that social networking site use is subject to policy. Comments that bring the CFA into disrepute are likely to have discipline implications for those who post them.
Fires and incidents
A large structure fire at Gisborne saw a wooden double story house totally involved on arrival and was completely consumed last month. One positive out of this was the amount of new radios available to the Incident Controller. Firefighters had enough portables available to communicate effectively around the structure. This allowed a safer operation with changes to action plans communicated instantly and is a good sign of things to come with more portables available to incident controllers. Gisborne reports indicate both battery life and portable volume have improved.
Harcourt and Sutton Grange stations are going up.
Newham new station public meeting went well we expect information from council shortly.
CFA PEOPLE NEWS
OO Rohan Luke is on leave this month Justin Dally is acting in his position.
Farewell to Admin Trainee Jack Betts. Thanks to him for his hard work and good luck in the future.