Farewell Insp Ray Manser
My old friend and Inspector Zone North 4, Ray Manser, retired yesterday
after a total of 38 years as a Retained Firefighter, and two stints
as a permanent firefighter with the NSWFB, following service as a
firefighter in the UK. Ray has always been dedicated 100% to the NSWFB
and to developing people through the Institution of Fire Engineers.
I wish he and Christine a long, happy and healthy retirement.
First Aid in the nick of time
When 215 Barraba FF Michael Chester attended a first aid course at
452 Tamworth last Sunday, he had no idea how important these new skills
On Sunday evening, as he, his wife Shelley, and children Chloe and
Dylan, were returning to Barraba, their car collided with a vehicle
that had ignored a stop sign. FF Chester managed to free himself from
the wreckage and assess the condition of his family members, using
the skills he learnt that day.
To FF Chester’s relief, his colleagues from 215 Barraba arrived
on the scene and assisted with the removal of his wife, who was trapped
in the vehicle. FF Chester, Shelley and Chloe were transported to
hospital where his wife and daughter remain. However, they are making
a good recovery.
FF Chester wanted me to pass on his thanks to his colleagues for
the compassion and professionalism they displayed at the incident,
and all the support his family has received since. Supt Steve Pearce
also received a fax from the Barraba Ambulance Officers who were first
on scene, praising the professionalism of the Barraba fire crew.
Compartment Fire Behaviour Training milestone
Congratulations to SO John McDonough and his team of instructors,
who have completed every Platoon in the greater Sydney area. There
are some people who have missed out on this world class training,
so there is continued training to pick up the stragglers. The focus
is now on the country, and we are working hard to establish a training
venue for North 3, 4 and 7.
Plans are now well progressed for Level 2 training, which will deal
more with strategies and tactics. CFBT is now the backbone of our
practical skills training, and I am committed to its continuation.
NEWS IN BRIEF
2004 Recruitment Campaign
The next permanent firefighter recruitment campaign will commence
on Saturday 20 November 2004, and will be advertised in major Sydney
newspapers, selected regional newspapers and Aboriginal and ethnic
I expect a very strong response from the campaign and encourage staff
involved in community activities and those serving at local fire stations
to discuss their work role and career opportunities as firefighters
with members of the public. For the first time in this campaign we
are using online applications, so people interested in applying will
need access to the internet and an email address.
Don’t be a firebug campaign
This week the NSWFB and the RFS began a campaign called Don’t
be a firebug, that aims to discourage motorists from dropping cigarettes
from car windows, and potentially starting a bushfire. It rained on
our parade, so to speak, and the media announcement for the campaign
was cancelled on Monday, but I’m the last to complain about
Campaign bumper stickers have been sent to every fire station to
place on NSWFB vehicles, such as the Operational Commander’s
vehicle, but not on appliances. They can also be given to the public.
A template media release and photo ideas are available on the intranet
to help you promote the issue in your local community.
Online newspaper clippings
It appears not everyone is aware that stories about the work of the
NSWFB are available on the intranet. Each day newspaper stories and
radio and television story newslines (descriptions) are posted to
the intranet. Metropolitan newspaper stories are available on the
same day, but some regional and suburban stories may appear several
days after publication.
You can access the Media Clips under ‘What’s New’
on the intranet home page.
Johnny Warren’s Funeral
A State funeral for the late John Norman (Johnny) Warren will be held
at St Andrews Cathedral, George Street, Sydney, on Monday, 15 November
2004, commencing at 1200 hours.
As a mark of respect, flags are to be flown at half-mast at all occupied
NSWFB Stations and establishments from 0800 hours until sunset on
Monday, 15 November 2004.
Congratulations to John O’Donnell, from Properties Section,
who competed against the best of the best in the State and took first
place in the Toastmasters District 70 ‘Humorous Speech’
Contest. Whoever thought Property could be so funny…
Commissioner’s e-mail: Commissioner@fire.nsw.gov.au
Cora Sarmiento, Commish’s PA: 9265 2930
PACSU: fax 9265 2882
Commish’s Corner Rumour Mill: 9265 2627
To contribute a story, please contact Public Affairs Officers: Stephen
Norris (West) 9265 2613, Natalie Laharnar (North) 9265 2631 or John
Suter Linton/Tippy Kavalee (South) 9265 2802