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Chief Officer meeting with Macedon Ranges brigades
Chief Officer Russell Rees visited Gisborne on Wednesday 10 March, meeting with over 50 brigade members from across the Macedon Ranges. Representatives included captains and officers from each of the 22 Macedon Ranges brigades, Group Officers from the Macedon, Romsey and Kyneton Groups, VFBV representatives and Region 14 and Region 15 staff.
At the meeting, the Chief outlined the boundary alignment process, emphasising the project’s desire to align all emergency services organisations under the same Fairer Victoria government boundaries. The Chief also emphasised there would be no loss of service to the community with any proposed change nor would there be any loss of service to brigades.
A recommendation from the meeting was to establish a Macedon Ranges boundary alignment steering committee consisting of Group delegates from across the three groups. The steering committee meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday 14 April at Gisborne.
GMs meet at Kyneton to discuss Macedon Ranges
Following on from the Chief Officer’s visit to the Macedon Ranges, Region 14 GM Gill Metz met with Region 15 GM Don Kelly and Region 2 GM Pat O’Brien at Kyneton Fire Station on Tuesday 23 March to identify and discuss boundary alignment issues.
Region 15 meeting with Bacchus Marsh Group
On Wednesday 17 March, members from the Bacchus Marsh Group met with Region 15 GM Don Kelly as the Group starts preparations on the transition across to Midlands Wimmera (‘Grampians’).
Joint Region 14/Region 13 AMT at Eltham
Area Management Team members from both Region 14 and Region 13 met on Thursday 25 March to discuss transitional arrangements for the Lower Yarra Group. There was positive discussion from each of the functional managers on how to move forward with the transition process.
A second joint AMT meeting is scheduled for next week, also at Eltham Fire Station.
Joint Community Safety meetings
A joint Region 14/13 Community Safety workshop was held yesterday at Eltham Fire Station as part of the transition process for the Lower Yarra Group of brigades. Actionable items were identified, which will be entered into a template and then developed into a larger master template.
A joint Region 14/15/2 Community Safety meeting is also scheduled for this Friday at Kyneton Fire Station to discuss boundary alignment issues for brigades in the Macedon Ranges.
Boundary Alignment Project Manager appointed
Kim Hoffmann was last week appointed to the position of Region 14 Boundary Alignment Project Manager. Kim’s role will be to facilitate the boundary alignment process within Region 14, working with the area management team, groups and other areas.
Kim’s background is in project and risk management, having spent the past decade working in the financial services industry. We welcome Kim to the Region 14 team.