A big thank you to all who provided the fantastic feedback we received – a real variety of views but some common themes definitely shone through.
We have tried to represent all views in the submission, as our members are all types of brigades.
Some common themes were:
- that although Fire and Emergency has good intentions for unifying urban and rural, they are very different and there is a risk that in bringing them together key skills and knowledge could be lost (especially from rural)
- that there is potential to confine rank to the incident group
- that rank naming conventions need to be reconsidered
- that while qualifications are important, so too are soft leadership skills for leaders and managers
- that the ideal Group Manager to Brigade ratio was between 5 and 7 brigades per Group Manager
- that the appointment process needs to be on merit - the best person/most suitable person for the position (as per legislation)
- that appointees to leadership/management positions - need to fully understand and be able to nurture and grow volunteerism including having high visibility with brigades and their leaders
- that the Proposal could provide more assurance that it addresses community needs
- that more support, positions and resource is needed to address psychological wellbeing not only through the People Branch but throughout the entire organisation at different levels. The same issue came up for ensuring sufficient support for Group Managers so that they have appropriate administration support in place, removing administrative burdens from brigades.
There are many more themes in the submission. We listened to all views that were provided to us via the formal channels we set up. As your Association your views inform our voice so we can represent you at the highest levels of change. Each individual who took the time to respond either through our survey, email, brigade representative or telephone calls has helped us in our role to support democratic process as your sector advocacy organisation.
This is a great opportunity for Fire and Emergency to change its culture to a more inclusive and empowering - where it can truly live its new values.
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