42 Volunteers, three Districts and 21 Brigades were represented at Gippsland’s first Round Robin Equipment Training held at Gippsland Fire Training Complex (GFTC) on Saturday 22 September 2012.
Feedback from Gippsland’s Community Engagement Forum in May 2012 promoted the initiative to deliver training to our Volunteers, so they felt empowered and confident to deliver fire safety messages to their communities with the aid of educational fire safety equipment.
The Smokehouse, new IFMP Community Engagement Trailer and new Fire Education Trailers were the focus of this training.
“The Fire Education Table was a real draw card of the day and the feedback we received was outstanding”, Nicole Cooper-Warneke Community Education Coordinator said.
“An excellent practical demonstration tool for use with brigade training and community engagement. You are only limited by your imagination” Ian Ewart, Captain Callignee Brigade said.
“Fantastic tool”, “great system”, “the best thing out”, “very good resource”, “excellent training”, “great investment”, “look forward to using it”, were just a handful of the comments from volunteers about the Fire Education Trailer.
“The day could not have worked without the support of volunteers and staff”, Nicole said.
Brigade Support Officers, Jodi Butler, Emily Durbridge, Joanne Melton, Rob Melville, Keith Condratoff and volunteer Sarah van der Velden facilitated the activities.
“To be able to inform so many volunteers in one location greatly assist with the Chief Officers intent to empower brigades with training and Community Engagement skills”, Jodi said.
Of the 42 volunteers that attended 14 had attended the Community Engagement Forum in May and the rest had either attended the State Forum or were intent on joining the movement of community engagement.
Both staff and volunteers were enthusiastic about the training and all contributed to making the day a huge success.