Our people

Valuing Diversity

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
Commission’s recommendations.

While our volunteer operational capacity and female membership has continued to increase, we aim to implement plans to enhance diversity more broadly in the
organisation.

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 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 work
with become your family
and because of the type
of work you’re doing, you
really rely on each other.
Frankston Qualified Firefighter Felixa Boyd