People the key to building a safer State
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has launched its 2018 Statement of Strategic Intent. The document includes the addition of a fifth strategic direction: A United Organisation with a Supportive and Balanced Culture.
This new area of focus gives recognition to the fact that people hold the key to building an effective emergency management service.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM said that some of the key initiatives to be introduced under the new direction include frameworks to ensure that volunteers are supported and better involved in planning, and training for DFES personnel on working better with volunteers including training as part of the induction for new staff.
“To build this culture we need to begin from a position of mutual understanding, respect and trust. We need to foster an environment where we can respectfully challenge each other and collaborate together,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“We appreciate that better connections and greater involvement from volunteers and stakeholders are needed in shaping how we do things, and recognise that there are opportunities to improve.”
Other initiatives to be introduced include a volunteer charter, a welcome pack for new volunteers, a volunteer engagement toolkit for staff, and an increased volunteer focus on the DFES website.
You can read more about the Statement of Strategic Intent and the fifth strategic direction on the DFES Volunteer Portal here. This new focus will be incorporated into DFES’ refreshed strategic plan, which is currently being reviewed