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New training boost for CFA volunteers

Friday, 10 February 2012

A package of online learning tools that will improve the availability and delivery of training for Victoria's Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighters was officially launched today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan.

Speaking at the Foster CFA Station, Mr Ryan said the newly developed training materials were part of the CFA's commitment to improving training and educational opportunities for both its career and volunteer members.

"The CFA comprises approximately 600 career firefighters and more than 59,000 volunteers and it's vital to ensure all members regularly update knowledge and skills to ensure Victoria has the best possible emergency service agency," Mr Ryan said.

"The new training tools also help address the requirements for better availability of training for volunteers and are key components of CFA's new training delivery strategy."

Mr Ryan said the new tools included:

  • Skills Maintenance Drills Folder – scenario-based drills to assist brigades plan and conduct training relevant to their community risk profile;
  • WebTRAIN – a portal that allows each brigade the opportunity to enter skills maintenance training directly online;
  • Online Training Material – learning modules which focus on brigade skills profiles and specialist roles; and
  • Emergency Services off-road driving DVD – practical advice on how to deal with a range of routine hazards often encountered while driving in adverse conditions.

Mr Ryan said the work of CFA volunteers and career firefighters was fundamental to protecting Victoria from the threat of bushfires and ensuring the safety of people and property.

"The new online training tools are a great initiative that will help overcome barriers such as distance and isolation and ensure all members have access to up-to-date, consistent information and training resources across the organisation," Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was working with the CFA and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria to achieve greater recognition for the CFA's 59,000 volunteers.

"In 2011 the Premier and I signed the Volunteer Charter and for the first time enshrined the Volunteer Charter in legislation," Mr Ryan said.

"The provision of these training materials also acts as an important step towards greater uniformity in training and better engagement of volunteers."

Updated: 16 February 2012

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