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Report of Operations 2007-08 - CFA People

As at 30 June 2008, CFA had a total of 59,760 members, comprising 58,362 volunteers, 498 firefighters and 900 staff and officers. Table 15 provides comparative data for CFA's workforce over the period 2003 to 2008.

Table 15. CFA workforce data for current and previous reporting periods

Type 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Volunteers 59,136 58,583 58,662 58,849 59,509 58,3625
Career firefighters 425 438 431 464 494 498
Support and administration staff 750 774 813 837 837 900
Total 60,311 59,795 59,906 60,150 60,840 59,760
Change from previous year +4.0% -0.86% +0.19% +0.41% +1.15% -1.67%

5 The reduction in number of volunteers for 2007-08 reflects adjustment of administrative records for junior members in line with new management procedures.

Diversity within CFA

CFA has continued its focus on improving organisational awareness and capability in the management of diversity and relationships .This has involved integrated initiatives and programs to recognise diversity of backgrounds of members.

Key achievements in this reporting period are:

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Safety and Wellbeing

Compensation

During 2007-08 compensation claims by volunteers decreased by approximately 47 per cent and staff claims increased by 12 per cent compared with the previous eight year averages as shown in Table 16.

Table 16. Compensation claims (based on injury date)

Claims 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 8-year average
Volunteers 177 149 222 217 115 215
Employees 86 89 114 105 113 99

The WorkSafe premiums are shown in Table 17 as a percentage of remuneration to enable a comparison with previous periods.

Table 17. WorkSafe premium

Year WorkSafe Premium
2008-096 1.3331%
2007-08 1.0896%
2006-07 1.2032%
2005-06 1.3259%
2004-05 1.2299%
2003-04 1.2861%

6 This is the indicative premium for 2008-09.

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Management of Talent

Strategic workforce planning work has continued with the key components being developed and tested and rollout education commenced.

A leadership development strategy has been developed and extensive consultation with volunteers, staff and unions and volunteer Associations completed.

Workforce Sustainability and Capabilities

Renegotiation of Workplace Agreements

During this year CFA renegotiated a number of collective Workplace Agreements:

Learning and Development

Leadership and Professional Development

CFA also supported a series of other professional development programs during 2007-08:

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Minimum Skills Training

To date, 42,434 volunteers have been trained and qualified to the level of Wildfire Minimum Skills.

Partnerships and Multi-Agency training

CFA conducted 63 'Working Safely at a CFA Incident Scene' courses for VicSES. In addition, 20 'Introduction to AIIMS' courses were completed for VicSES and a further eight were conducted for other emergency services or external customers

Commendations and Awards to CFA People

Tables 18, 19 and 20 provide details of CFA recipients of awards and commendations in 2007-08.

Table 18. CFA recipients of Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) 2007-08

Award Date Recipient
Australia Day 2008 Mr Ronald Tuckett Hooper, Echuca
Australia Day 2008 Mr William Thomas (Bill) Pressey, Mortlake
Australia Day 2008 Mr Michael James Sanderson, Seymour
Australia Day 2008 Mr William Andrew Speirs, Nelson
Queen’s Birthday 2008 Mr Barry Richard Barnett, Lancefield
Queen’s Birthday 2008 Mrs Patricia Elaine Bigham, Gruyere
Queen’s Birthday 2008 Mr Richard Kenneth (Rick) Williams, Ballarat

Table 19. Chief Officer's Commendations 2007-08

Date To Incident Region
17 December 2007 Lieutenant Karen Whitehurst
Newry Rural Fire Brigade (RFB)
For actions during the major flood event that impacted on numerous communities across Region 10 from 28 June through until mid July 2007. 10
17 December 2007 Loch Sport RFB For the actions of brigade members during the major flood event that impacted numerous communities across Region 10 from 28 June through until mid July 2007. 10
17 December 2007 Newry RFB For the actions of brigade members during the major flood event that impacted numerous communities across Region 10 from 28 June through until mid July 2007. 10
20 December 2007 Caroline Springs Urban Fire Brigade (UFB) For the actions of brigade members whilst attending a severe multi vehicle accident on Sunday 14 October 2007 on Derrimut Road, Truganina. 14
20 December 2007 Hoppers Crossing UFB For the actions of brigade members whilst attending a severe multi vehicle accident on Sunday 14 October 2007 on Derrimut Road, Truganina. 14
20 December 2007 Fire Officer David Abbey
Hoppers Crossing UFB
For actions whilst attending a severe multi vehicle accident on Sunday 14 October 2007 on Derrimut Road, Truganina. 14
20 December 2007 LFF Charles Paynter
Hoppers Crossing UFB
For actions whilst attending a severe multi vehicle accident on Sunday 14 October 2007 on Derrimut Road, Truganina. 14
20 December 2007 Werribee UFB For the actions of brigade members whilst attending a severe multi vehicle accident on Sunday 14 October 2007 on Derrimut Road, Truganina. 14
19 March 2008 Dandenong UFB For the actions of brigade members whilst attending a severe multi vehicle accident on Sunday 14 October 2007 on Derrimut Road, Truganina. 8
19 March 2008 Hallam FB For actions by brigade members in partnership with Dandenong Fire Brigade, whilst attending a fire on 23 January 2008 at 1/107 Curtain Crescent, Dandenong. 8
20 March 2008 Firefighter Andrew Carlin
Dandenong UFB
For actions whilst attending a house fire at 18 Deanswood Road, Hampton Park on Friday 15 February 2008. 13
20 March 2008 Volunteer Firefighter Ray Rickards
Hampton Park UFB
For actions whilst attending a house fire at 18 Deanswood Road, Hampton Park on Friday 15 February 2008. 8
10 June 2008 North West Area For actions by officers, firefighters, management staff and volunteers of North West Area in responding to the level crossing accident north of Kerang on 5 June 2007, which tragically claimed the lives of 11 civilians and injured 17 others. 20
10 June 2008 Kerang UFB For actions by officers and firefighters of Kerang Urban Fire Brigade in responding to the level crossing accident north of Kerang on 5 June 2007, which tragically claimed the lives of 11 civilians and injured 17 others. 20
10 June 2008 Cohuna UFB For actions by officers and firefighters of Cohuna Urban Fire Brigade in responding to the level crossing accident north of Kerang on 5 June 2007, which tragically claimed the lives of 11 civilians and injured 17 others. 20
10 June 2008 Lake Charm RFB For actions by officers and firefighters of Lake Charm Rural Fire Brigade in responding to the level crossing accident north of Kerang on 5 June 2007, which tragically claimed the lives of 11 civilians and injured 17 others. 20
10 June 2008 Ex Group Officer Norm Bowen
Woodvale FB
For actions by the CIS peers in support of Kerang Fire Brigade, Cohuna Urban Fire Brigade and Lake Charm Rural Fire Brigade, in responding to the level crossing accident north of Kerang on 5 June 2007 2

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Table 20. CFA Valour Medals 2008 (Section 99A of the CFA Act)

Date To Incident Region
CFA Board meeting April 2008 Leading Firefighter Adam Shearer
Geelong City Fire Brigade
For efforts in attempting to rescue a trapped employee from an unstable engulfment of granola seed at the Graincorp silo in Port Fairy Road, Hamilton on 5 December 2007. 5
CFA Board meeting April 2008 Leading Firefighter Mathew Kneebone
Geelong City Fire Brigade
For efforts in attempting to rescue a trapped employee from an unstable engulfment of granola seed at the Graincorp silo in Port Fairy Road, Hamilton on 5 December 2007. 5

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