Executive Director of Operational Training and Volunteerism Lex de Man said CFA wanted to know what members would like to see for training in the future.
“Individual, brigade, group and committee responses to the discussion paper will help shape the future of training at CFA. As a large and diverse organisation we need a strategic and coordinated approach to operational training,” Mr de Man said.
“The discussion paper responds to a number of issues raised by the recent Jones Inquiry into the effect of arrangements made by CFA on volunteers, and also builds upon a range of previous consultation across CFA.”
The development of the Discussion Paper has involved several groups and individuals including CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson and the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria, who have been among those driving its development.
The discussion paper is divided into six themes: leadership, fire and emergency management service delivery priorities, how we train our people, training facilities and equipment, flexible learning delivery and training consistency.
As members read through the sections, questions are provided to encourage readers to consider what is important to their brigade, and what CFA needs to do to improve training into the future.
A DVD accompanying the Discussion Paper features a number of CFA leaders, including Mr Ferguson and Mr de Man, providing their perspectives on the importance of different Discussion Paper themes for CFA and training. It presents some of the proposed future directions from the Paper as well as the Discussion Paper questions.
At the end of the paper is a template to help provide responses. You can find out more, download a copy of the Discussion Paper, watch the videos or complete an online survey at Brigades Online. Each brigade should soon have a copy of the Paper and the DVD.
Feedback is sought by 7 September.
*Article by Charlotte Azzopardi