Progress of Action 1.4

Action 1.4: Complete delivery of the $3.3m crew and strike team leader project.

Action objective: CFA’s crew and strike team leader training programs remain fit for purpose, enabling crew and strike team leaders to meet their roles and responsibilities.

Lead agency: CFA

Year Two to Five Plan (November 2021) completion dateYear Two to Five Plan (updated May 2023) completion dateAgency reported status as at 30 June 2023
June 2024June 2024In progress on track

Context

This action requires CFA to review and update the Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader training programs. These leaders represent the frontline of bushfire and grassfire response. This action ensures Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader training programs remain fit for purpose and enhance Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader skills through coordinated training exercises, targeted coaching and mentoring opportunities. CFA, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), applies national enterprise competency standards to Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader courses. Training will be delivered via online and face-to-face formats.

Progress summary

This action is on track for completion by June 2024.

As at 30 June 2023, CFA has progressed the review and update of Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader training programs. CFA Operational Doctrine and Training Steering Committee governs the Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader training programs. CFA regularly engages with the VFBV and the Joint CFA/VFBV Training Committee to ensure the training needs of volunteers are understood and met.

CFA reported that the Crew Leader training program is in final consultation and endorsed by the Joint CFA/VFBV Training Committee. CFA revised the Strike Team Leader training program against enterprise skill sets and scheduled the program for consultation in July 2023.

Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader are also given opportunities to further develop their capabilities to assume control of emergency responses, such as (but not limited to) attending pilot leadership training courses facilitated by the Australian Institute of Police Management, and 22 participants were confirmed to attend the New South Wales Rural Fire Service academy to participate in a multi-sector group leader course in August 2023.

FSIM notes that action 1.4 has interdependencies to action 1.7 (review of CFA’s Operating Model). The Crew Leader and Strike Team Leader training programs support the CFA Operating Model –Training Enhancement Program to meet the needs of volunteers and the community, which is a high priority for CFA.

Findings

FSIM finds action 1.4 is progressing.

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