What the VFRS Association is currently working on

There are a variety of issues the VFRS Association are currently working on.

Some of these include:

Fleet Rotation (Half-lives of appliances)

Chief Supers and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ (DFES) Commissioner have agreed in principle that the fleet rotation concept has merit.

Assistant Commissioner Delavale is waiting for Project Advisory Teams (PATS) to meet to decide upon which appliances stay and which will go.

Several UPT1 chassis are on order and will be delivered end of year. DFES are looking at options to replace the country Pumps.

Microsoft 365 Licences for all VFRS Members

Stuart Walsh from DFES is looking into options for a way forward regarding domain names for email addresses because a common position needs to be reached before this progresses.

Executive Officer, Ken O’Reilly, is negotiating with DFES.

Station upgrades

The VFRS Association has been involved in numerous station upgrades and has successfully negotiated the station’s desired outcomes.

If you are having issues with your station upgrade plans, please contact your zone representative for assistance.

Emergency Driver Training Recognition of Current Competencies (EDT RCC)

A pilot program will go ahead with VFRS members put forward to be involved in the process.

Currently to be eligible, members must have:

· DFES0470 On Road Driving qualification.

· 5 years operational driving experience.

· Driven to five or more incidents.

The feedback we have received is that the paperwork is too much. VFRS Association has asked DFES to provide a one-to-two-page tick off list.

Thermal Image Cameras (TICs)

TICs have been delivered to Profile One Brigades.

The install of the truck mounted charger will require consultation with VFRS members for a location because not all trucks will have the space in the Breathing Apparatus Locker so an alternate location will need to be found.

Do you have a question or would like additional information?

Please call our executive officer, Ken O'Reilly, or send him an email.