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to our new Minister
the state election, ministerial portfolios have been announced by the
new Premier, the Honourable Barry O’Farrell MP. We welcome
Michael Gallacher, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister
for the Hunter, and Vice-President of the Executive Council, and look
forward to working with him into the future. Minister Gallacher served
as a career Police Officer prior to entering Parliament in 2003. He
visited Head Office last week and also asked to be shown around City of
Captain Terry Marshall
Monday this week, hundreds of friends, relatives and workmates of highly
respected Nambucca Heads Captain Terry Marshall gathered to pay him
their last respects. Terry was very active in helping to promote fire
safety and FRNSW recruitment to Indigenous communities, and was a
respected role model in his local community, in FRNSW, and throughout
the state. Terry died suddenly and prematurely last week, and will be
greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Superintendent Dave Gray, a good friend of Terry’s, delivered a moving
eulogy at the funeral on behalf of all of us.
Senior Firefighter Kent Jackson
joined hundreds of friends and colleagues at the funeral service of
Senior Firefighter Kent Jackson last week, after he passed away suddenly
while on duty at City of
Supt John Bedford AFSM hangs up his boots
week we farewelled Chief Superintendent John Bedford AFSM, Assistant
Director Preparedness and Response, who had decided that it was time for
retirement. John was highly involved in areas of planning and
preparedness for much of his FRNSW career, particularly in the areas of
Hazmat, CBRN, and counter-terrorism. John played a crucial role in
planning for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, assisted with planning for
Olympics in Salt Lake City 2002, and Athens 2004, and was the principal
planner for events such as World Youth Day. Most recently, he was
the FRNSW Liaison Officer in
has been increased interest from staff wanting to know and learn more
about USAR. FRNSW is the lead agency for USAR in NSW, and together with
the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, plays a national and
international leadership role. This year we have deployed USAR Task
Forces or elements of our capability to the
USAR team at the Ingleburn training centre in conjunction with QED, have
developed a large learning and support resource for USAR operations.
This site provides extensive information for existing USAR operators and
firefighters, and is available to all staff through the intranet.
increase our capability across the greater
currently have 220 Category 2 trained personnel who make up our urban
search and rescue task force capability. Given our state, national and
international USAR response obligations, we are working toward a formal
classification process with the United Nations. We will complete four
USAR Category 2 training courses in 2011, and a further two courses in
2012, prior to seeking formal INSARAG
(International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) accreditation in
September next year.
I will present commendations to five people for their actions last year
after a car plunged off the
actions of Mr Stanton and Mr Bryce were instrumental in saving the
survivor. The Nowra crew worked extremely well under very hazardous
conditions while in full view of members of the public and other
emergency services. I am very proud of the professionalism and
resourcefulness shown by crew.
the next few days I will be visiting firefighters at Nowra,
Danger Period extended in some areas
official end to the statutory bushfire danger period was 31 March 2011,
however councils have extended the fire danger period in
Kids Day - Sunday 1 May
Kids Day kick-starts Fire Prevention Week
on Sunday 1 May. This is a joint initiative
between FRNSW and McDonald's and aims to help to make families safer
through fire education, while also raising money for the Burns Unit at
The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Crews are encouraged to participate
in promoting Brigade Kids Day and Fire Prevention Week.
are especially encouraged to promote the recently upgraded Brigade Kids
which has fire safety information for all members of our community, and
educational games and activities for children. For further information,
contact the Community Engagement and Development Unit on 9742 7179.
Station Open Day - Saturday 7 May
Prevention Week culminates with Open Day, our biggest community event of
the year. Your participation to help make it a success is vital. As part
of Fire Prevention Week, there will be a television commercial (funded
by sponsor GIO) warning of the dangers posed by household
appliances. Various materials will be sent to stations to assist with
Open Day. Contact the Community Engagement and Development Unit on 9742
7179 for further information.
received praise and appreciation from the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship for our role in the 2011 Harmony Day launch in February. As
a key partner agency, we hosted the national launch at City of
of the Illawarra Awards
of the Illawarra Awards
emergency service finalists were announced last Friday. These
awards are an initiative of the Combined Rotary Clubs of the Illawarra,
and acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of local emergency
service personnel who have performed community service above and beyond
the call of duty. Congratulations to our four FRNSW finalists: SO Tony
Camilleri, RFF Rachel Cooper, Capt Ken Lawrence, and Dep Capt Fred
Refalo. Winners will be announced on 6 May. For further
information, go to the website.
Monday 25 April, Deputy Commissioner John Benson AFSM will be
representing FRNSW at the Anzac Day Dawn Service and will lay a wreath
at the Cenotaph in
week I delivered an address to residents, families and staff at the
to CFU Members
are continually working towards creating tools and measures to assist
staff and CFU members operating within the CFU Program. CFU policies,
guidelines, processes and training requirements have been refined to
better support firefighters and CFU volunteers to understand their
roles, responsibilities, and limits. It is important when training or
engaging with CFU volunteers, that you also have an understanding of CFU
policies and supporting guidelines and processes. For further
information, see the intranet
fire attracts enormous media attention
after midday on Thursday 7 April, crews were called to reports of a fire
in a school building at
old school building had been undergoing renovations and the fire quickly
spread through the roof void, causing extensive damage to the structure.
It took two hours to bring the fire under control and finally extinguish
the blaze. Although all 500 students and staff were evacuated safely,
some students started to complain of minor smoke inhalation. As a
precaution, a total of 16 students and 3 staff were conveyed to local
hospitals by a large fleet of ambulances for further assessment. All
were released later that day.
fire received enormous media attention due to the involvement of such a
large number of students. Fire investigators believe that there were no
suspicious circumstances and that the cause of the fire was most likely
accidental. This incident highlights the importance of schools having
well rehearsed evacuation procedures. The immediate moving of children
to safety and rollcalls certainly made the job of first arriving
firefighters much easier, and school staff should be commended.
What is the status of election commitments to staff
What is happening with new firefighting boots?
Are firefighters going to be issued with their own personal rain coats?
Recent wet weather has highlighted how unpleasant it can be putting on a
raincoat that has been used by others on the previous shift, and that
old raincoats are sometimes no longer waterproof.
When will all current members complete Respectful
Workplace Training? Is it true that ComCentres won’t participate
in this training until the next financial year because no funds have
been allocated? Surely this type of training should be a priority.