News Roundup - 25 August 2013

Pager Rollout Update 1.  Please contact Peter Murphy if:

  • Please contact Peter Murphy asap if you are having any issues with your new pager, or you have not yet swapped over your old one.

Some of us went to Fiskville for skills maintenance on 10 august: article and photos.  Look for the Schmidt and Cocks name tags (didn't see a Tulipano, sadly).  But Cocks = Pohl (Tom borrowed Helen's structure gear for the day).

CO Updates:

CEO Updates:

OTV Update:

Run for the Firies - Research & Kangaroo Ground CFA fundraiser - 10 November

RRDS Update, 19 August 2013

Please find attached the latest edition of RRDS Update. The update is produced on a regular basis, with information about particular topics and project progress. The information is intended for CFA members in your District to increase their awareness of the RRDS project so feel free to distribute to Groups and Brigades as appropriate. It may also be of particular interest to your Group Comms Officers. If they would like to be added to the distribution list, please encourage them to email me.

From next week, the RRDS Update will also be accessible via the RRDS Project page on Brigades Online: (note: login required. Contact Geoff if you don't have one)

You are also encouraged to suggest topics for inclusion in future editions. If you think of something related to the RRDS project that might be of interest to a broader audience, please feel free to contact me as I would welcome your ideas.

Thanks for your assistance.

Alex Johnston
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Advisor
Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project

URGENT request: Recruitment for Reflash Support Officers - RRDS Project

We are seeking 10 casuals (full-time hours) as Reflash Support Officers for the Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project.

  • 6 month position commencing 9 September 2013 (with the possible extension of 4 months)
  • PTA level 2
  • These positions are casual and will work in pairs across all 20 Districts in five teams of 2.
  • Extensive travel and overnight stay
  • Working to daily schedules
  • Teams will visit Brigades and Members to reprogram Tait radios and undertake associated administration and reporting on reflash progress

Applicants may be current CFA employees or volunteers who have an interest in working for the CFA.

Applicants should read the selection criteria before applying. All enquiries can be directed to Jarrod Gardner on (03) 9262 8915 or Darren Grundy on (03) 9262 8417.

All roles will be advertised from Monday, 26 August via People Moves (for employees) and on the CFA Website (for volunteers). Applications should be submitted via People Moves (for employees) and written application to Darren Grundy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (for volunteers). Applications close 6 September 2013.

Free passes for Volunteers for the AFAC Conference Trade Expo

AFAC have offered CFA 70 free passes for Volunteers to attend the AFAC and Bushfire CRC Trade Expo in Melbourne. Details on the offer are attached.

The free passes will provide entrance to the trade expo from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Tuesday 3 September, and 9.00am to 2.00pm on Wednesday 4 September. Meals will be provided.

Read more: Free passes for Volunteers for the AFAC Conference Trade Expo

National Emergency Medal (NEM) Update

In November, 2012 CFA submitted a schedule to the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat (AH&AS) in Canberra, containing 4760 NEM nominations from around the State. We have currently received 3730 approved medal sets which are going through the process of having bars attached to the ribbons. The AH&AS are considering the remainder of the CFA nominations. We are working through the reconciliation of the nominations which are yet to be approved to ensure that everybody nominated has been accounted for.

Read more: National Emergency Medal (NEM) Update 

News Roundup - 28 July 2013

CEO Blog

Jones Inquiry UPDATE - Edition 1

Bureau of Meteorology - Seasonal Climate Outlook - August to October 2013


UPDATE Presumptive Legislation - the Firefighters' Cancer Law


State Parliament has received a report showing it is possible for the Upper House to consider the proposed cancer compensation legislation.  For the legislation to succeed it will require the support of the major parties; so far the Greens intend to introduce proposed legislation, Labor has given its in-principle support, but the Coalition says it is awaiting the results of further research. 


If no legislation is put up for the Lower House in the meantime, the current proposed legislation may not be reintroduced into the Upper House for several months.  That is a delay, but it gives us time to talk to local MPs and the Minister about how important it is to have simpler and fairer cancer compensation for volunteers and career firefighters.

Read more: UPDATE Presumptive Legislation - the Firefighters' Cancer Law

News Roundup - 30 June 2013

New photos

Structure PPC Fitting

Upcoming dates for structure PPC fitting (if you haven't already been fitted):

  • Thursday 18th July 4pm-9pm Caroline Springs FS
  • Thursday 19th September 4pm-9pm Greenvale FS

If you do attend to get fitted, please let Geoff know so structure helmets, gloves and boots can be ordered to go with it.

CFA Connect

Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card

Something for crew leaders and other incident controllers to be aware of:

afac - bulk tanker emergency responder card a3 fa 2013-04-24-reduced

(pdf version also available - nb: large file)

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