The balancing act of volunteering while maintaining full-time employment relies heavily on the trust, understanding and flexibility of employers.
Below are a series of profile stories that highlight the importance of a supportive employer and the great work and diversity of our volunteer members.
Kapish is a Melbourne-based software company and co-founder Jon-Paul Williams appreciates the hard work, dedication and community spirit of staff member and CFA volunteer Isaac Dewis.
By day, Thomas Dawe works in the multimedia team handling broadcast operations at Federation Square and by night and in his spare time, he volunteers with CFA.
Peter Leach is a man in demand. He is a senior volunteer with Wangaratta Fire Brigade and a highly-trained member of CFA's aircraft unit and one of the region's Air Observers.
As captain of Dromana Fire Brigade, Ben Griffiths is not only leading by example within his community, but also in his work as a teacher at Dromana Primary School.
If the reception desk at Montrose's Tullamore Mercy Aged Care facility is unattended, it's more than likely Sally Conner isn't on her tea break, but instead dashing to turn out to an incident.
Cohuna Car Sales helps its employees Matthew Trigg and Stuart Barker do the emergency response shuffle as the volunteers strive to balance work and CFA.
Phillip and Mary are the business owners of South Coast Décor Centre in Wonthaggi. During the early stages of the business, their shop was situated right next door to the Wonthaggi Fire Station.
By making their buses and drivers available to take local strike teams to incidents around Victoria, Martyrs Bus Service has become somewhat of a volunteer as well.
It's fortunate that Captain Mick Hall from Mt Camel brigade has a supportive employer who recognises that an emergency isn't just conveniently called in outside business hours.
Glenn Diamond is one of many CFA members who dedicates hours of his time to help others - while solely running his own business.
Terry Robins has been Captain of the Nhill Fire brigade for about six years and being a CFA volunteer has been no barrier for his employment at Luv-a-Duck where he’s worked for more than two decades.
Jeremy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at Sovereign Hill, is supportive of people working as volunteers in the community. In fact, it’s written into the staff enterprise agreement. This enables people to take leave to undertake volunteer work.
David Dean is one of thousands of CFA volunteers who give hours of his time to help others. However, Mr Dean acknowledges his commitment to CFA would not be possible without the support of management and his colleagues at Portland Aluminium.
Without the support of his employer and his family, Matt Knight doesn’t think he would be able to commit the time to be in a leadership role with CFA. A Lieutenant with Hurstbridge Fire Brigade, Matt has volunteered with CFA for around 23 years.