The association has been given a short amount of time to nominate volunteers who would like to be part of DFES project teams regarding the development of a new training facility that will apparently provide services for the whole state. DFES has directed that the positions may not be filled by anyone holding positions within the executive of the association.

Those willing and able to be considered to represent a state-wide view of bush fire volunteers in one of the relevant sub-PAT’s below should forward an expression of interest ASAP to [email protected].

  • sub-PAT 1 
    • CBD – incorporating high rise and complex incidents, direct brigade alarms, internal structural firefighting, road crash rescue, hazardous materials etc;
    • Industrial – incorporating complex incidents, direct brigade alarms, internal structural firefighting, hazardous materials etc;
  • sub-PAT 2
    • Residential/Light Commercial – incorporating structure fire, structural rescue, storm damage;
    • RUI – incorporating structure fire, storm;
  • sub-PAT 3
    • Facility – incorporating administration, parking, amenities, offices, education etc;
    • Maintenance & Applied Training – incorporating maintenance; business services; stores; logistics etc;
  • sub-PAT 4
    • Marine/Urban – incorporating marina fire and incidents, marine rescue, swiftwater, hazardous materials, flood etc;
  • sub-PAT 5
    • Mobile Training Props – incorporating portable training solutions for all hazards, intended to support a centralised training academy.

Conditions you need to understand about these positions;

  • You will be required to represent the collective views of Bushfire Volunteers of the state – not your own personal view.
  • You need to have an understanding of how bushfire volunteers are trained at a local, regional and state level.
  • As a nominee of the association, you will need to provide updates and seek feedback on the work of the PAT
  • DFES will require you to agree to a confidentiality agreement and its Code of Conduct.
  • DFES direction is, “You will need to be available for the PAT over the next four months, so no long periods of leave/holidays/other major activities which might make you unavailable.”