CFA's attention to ongoing improvement of service delivery for structural fire safety included:
- cementing the understanding and use of fire engineering principles when assessing complex structures relating to fire safety
- support for Barwon Corangamite Area in conducting a pilot Introduction to Inspection training for career firefighters, which has resulted in station staff achieving competence
- in the field of Supported Residential Services, Department of Human Services (DHS) has committed to:
- increase the awareness of the need for emergency management plans amongst proprietors
- provide training and tools for Supported Residential Service proprietors to development emergency management plans
- increasing knowledge and awareness of DHS staff (Authorised Officers) to identify and address fire safety issues.
The workload for CFA's statutory building and planning assessment services in 2007-08 increased from the previous year, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3. Statutory workload and compliance
A continuous professional development process for CFA fire safety officers has been established. Corporate guidance has been developed, in the form of practice notes (14 practice notes for structural fire safety and five for land use planning). The practice notes state both how structural fire safety and land use planning fire safety assessments are to be undertaken and advice reported to the community and industry. Draft 'Dangerous Goods Inspection' training materials have been completed.