As the year wraps up, the Healthwatch project team at CFA has reported that 6,100 Victorian emergency service volunteers have now gone through the program since it started in 2008. Of these, 5,356 were CFA members.
The CFA FireReady Kit has been updated for the 2011/2012 fire season with 80,000 copies already distributed. The guide helps people assess their risk and prepare their bushfire survival plan for the new fire season.
CFA’s Healthwatch team was invited to attend this year’s Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference in Sydney from 29 August to 1 September. At the event, the Healthwatch team offered health checks delegates. These checks are part of the CFA Healthwatch project offering free health checks and an online cardiovascular risk assessment.
Bushfires Portfolio UpdateProgram: Planning, Protection, Risk and Adaptive Management for the FutureKey achievements in the past monthThe Township Protection Plan Community Engagement project team has run a number of pilot studies to help build a new model to better engage the community with Township Protection Planning.
Bushfires Portfolio UpdateProgram: Building Workforce and Volunteer CapabilityKey achievements in the past monthFeedback has been gathered from the regions that an annual CFA Community Safety Member Engagement conference would be beneficial. The Member Engagement project team recently attended the NSW Rural Fire Service Community Engagement Conference in Wollongong. The event was a great success, confirming that a similar conference would be a great idea for CFA.
Bushfires Portfolio UpdateProgram: Enhancing Statewide Operational Response Capability Key achievements in the past monthThe One Source One Message (OSOM) Engagement project has successfully extended the OSOM tool to include the Victorian State Emergency Service (VicSES). This is the first major step in an all-hazards warning system for all Victoria’s emergency services. MFB will be the next agency to incorporate OSOM in its emergency management warnings.