Representatives of the AVBFB were in Sydney over the weekend for a meeting of the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA).
CAVFA is a collaboration of eleven volunteer fire brigade associations representing almost every volunteer fire brigade member in Australia. The Council was established to give volunteer fire-fighters a united voice in discussions and negotiations with government and key stakeholders and continues to do important work in that space.
This meeting saw robust discussions looking at Volunteering across Australia and the effects of agency decision making that have consequences to volunteers (and indeed volunteering) in the longer term.
Specifically, the issues discussed included;
- Volunteer management
- Training and development – fit for purpose training for Volunteers and the need for recognition of competence and capability rather than red tape and bureaucracy
- Prescribed Burning and new guidelines
- Work, Health and Safety of Volunteers
- Fit for purpose Vehicles
As always, the two day meeting demonstrated all the passion and commitment that make us volunteers such a valuable and formidable resource – with a special mutual respect for the importance and value of every volunteer who gives so much to keep our great nation safe and well.