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CFA and MFB fireys switch stations

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03 Mar 2017
Firefighters from CFA and MFB will be swapping helmets today to mark the start of their 12-month secondment program.

The secondment program provides the opportunity for eight CFA and nine MFB firefighters to take up  placement within the other agency, where they will experience different methods, scenarios and procedures.

The 17 firefighters spent the last three weeks undertaking a familiarisation course at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) Craigieburn and Tabcorp Park and will be starting at their new stations on Monday, 6 March.

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the program was a great opportunity for everyone involved.

“CFA and MFB frequently respond to incidents together. Having a mutual understanding goes a long way to ensuring an effective response,” he said.

“We look forward to our CFA firefighters returning in a years’ time and sharing their new-found knowledge with their brigades.”

Mr Warrington said that as well as becoming familiar with different equipment and techniques, firefighters will experience environments and scenarios the other agencies are faced with on a day-to-day basis.

“CFA firefighters will gain more experience with fires in high-rise and high-density urban environments, while MFB firefighters will be exposed to wildfires,” he said.

MFB Acting Chief Officer Paul Stacchino said the program would deliver valuable insights for both agencies and would better equip Victorian firefighters to work together seamlessly during emergencies.

“Secondments provide an opportunity for our firefighters to collectively build upon their experiences, skills, and learnings and share this information with their colleagues and the sector,” he said.

“The program has been running since 2011 with great success. In fact, many of the secondees have decided to remain with the host organisation as permanent employees.”

“This sharing of knowledge and interoperability will help us achieve our mutual goal of building safer and more resilient communities.”

MFB firefighters going to CFA:

  • SO Chris Bourne - Old MFB station: Carlton, new CFA station: Morwell
  • SSO Darren Power -  Old MFB station: Sunshine and Central Zone, new CFA station: Ballarat City
  • SSO Phillip Bencraft - Old MFB station: South Melbourne and Sothern Zone, new CFA station: Patterson
  • SSO Dominic De Vincentis - Old MFB station: Northern District Office, new CFA station: Greenvale River
  • SSO Michael Burns - Old MFB station: Thomastown and Northern Zone, new CFA station: Eltham
  • SO Adam Baker - Old MFB station: Deer Park, new CFA station: Ballarat City
  • SO Travis Smith - Old MFB station: Broadmeadows and Western Zone, new CFA station: Caroline Springs
  • LFF Paul Mcllfatrick - Old MFB station: Oakleigh, new CFA station: Dandenong
  • LFF Ashley Ryan - Old MFB station: Richmond, new CFA station: Hoppers Crossing

CFA firefighters going to MFB:

  • SSO Steve Contessa - Old CFA station: Greenvale, new MFB station Thomastown C Platoon
  • SSO Jarrod Howlett - Old CFA station: Ballarat City, new MFB station: Eastern Hill B Platoon
  • SSO Joe Cardamone - Old CFA station: Eltham, new MFB station: South Melbourne A Platoon
  • SO Luke Kneebone - Old CFA station: Ballarat City, new MFB station: Eastern Hill B Platoon
  • SO Joseph Saliba - Old CFA station: Caroline Springs, new MFB station: Eastern Hill D Platoon
  • SO Fedele De Leo - Old CFA station: Patterson River, new MFB station: Eastern Hill A Platoon
  • LFF Brendan Siinmaa - Old CFA station: Dandenong, new MFB station: Eastern Hill D Platoon
  • LFF Dion Robinson - Old CFA station: Hoppers Crossing, new MFB station: Eastern Hill D Platoon

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