Our focus over the past 12 months has been to support
our people in the delivery of services to the community
and implementation of the Victorian Bushfires Royal
While our volunteer operational capacity and female
membership has continued to increase, we aim to
implement plans to enhance diversity more broadly in the
We are committed to creating an environment where equal opportunity and diversity are valued and where all members are treated with dignity and respect.
Key achievements in 2010-11 were:
- a growth in female membership since last year to 11,830 (21 per cent of total volunteer membership)
- significant progress developing our first Disability Action Plan, which is anticipated to be published in 2012
- promoting awareness of rights and responsibilities regarding equity and diversity through equal opportunity
- awareness and relationship and diversity workshops.
A key challenge ahead is to continue to increase our numbers of female firefighters.
Safety and Wellbeing
Ongoing support to those members directly and indirectly
affected by the February 2009 fires continues to be a high
priority. The Welfare Support and Recovery Plan 2009-11
(the Plan) was established to provide a range of support
measures for members adversely affected by the events and aftermath of Black Saturday. The support needs of members continue to be monitored and met.
The Plan led to the establishment of the Welfare and Wellbeing Advisory Committee. The Committee’s role is to advise the Board and executive management team about the ongoing welfare and wellbeing needs of members. The Committee is working on establishing the 2011-2015 Member Welfare and Wellbeing Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to ensure that member welfare and wellbeing is a primary consideration in the development of organisational plans and priorities.
During 2010-11, 2,096 volunteers attended the Health
Program, which was a significant increase on the previous
year. In the future, we will continue to increase the number
of health checks for volunteers and continue the trials on body core temperature/heat stress research.
The people you workFrankston Qualified Firefighter Felixa Boyd
with become your family
and because of the type
of work you’re doing, you
really rely on each other.