COMMent Newsletter April 2010

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A Message from the Chief Executive

Well here we are in April, Easter has come and gone, the election has been finalised, summer is officially over and we await the arrival of winter. Although the first quarter of the year has been a very busy and productive period, it has certainly passed us by quickly.

March 20 saw South Australians re-elect the Labor Government for the next four years and there were some important policy announcements during the election campaign that are set to impact on our portfolio.

Once again Easter was a busy and difficult time for our staff and volunteers. Tragically three people lost their lives on the roads and a number of people were lucky to survive significant house fires at Para Vista and Lockleys.

As I think back to the summer that has passed we have endured a long, hot and some times testing fire danger season; however we are now on the home straight. The fire danger season has already come to a close in the North West and North East Pastoral districts and by April 30 the South Australian fire danger season will officially have ended in all districts. As a sector we have worked together to achieve some positive outcomes throughout the 2009/2010 fire danger season. It is now time to begin evaluating our  performance.

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Road Trauma Support Team of SA Posters

An example of the materials available to promote the Road Trauma Support Team of SA 


From the Board

An update from the March SAFECOM Board meeting which took place at the newly opened Seaford MFS station.

The Board visits the south
Late last month, the SAFECOM Board took the opportunity to visit Adelaide's southern suburbs and tour the newly opened Seaford MFS station as well as the Noarlunga SES Unit and Seaford and Aldinga CFS stations.

The Board meeting again coincided with SAFECOM's Volunteer and Employer Recognition and Support Program (VERSP) which is designed to recognise employer-supported volunteering within the fire and emergency services sector.

Building Partnerships

Road Trauma Support Team of SA
Our attention was once again drawn to the tragedy of our road death toll over the Easter break with three road crash related fatalities.

For members of the public the impact of road crash incidents can vary from person to person, it may be a result of having been involved with an incident or simply witnessing a collision. Regardless, there is a support service available thanks to a State Government funded program. The Road Trauma Support Team of South Australia (RTST) provides counselling to those affected by vehicle collisions and is an initiative supported by the CFS, SA Police and SA Ambulance Service.

SA Police and Emergency Service Games
On the 31 March was the official launch of the 2010 South Australian Police and Emergency Service Games which took place at MFS headquarters. The event signalled the start of the annual sports competition that involves 19 emergency service related organisations who compete in 35 different sports. A total of 1,200 participants are expected to compete and once again volunteers and staff from SAFECOM, MFS, CFS and SES will be represented.

SAPES Games Event Launch

The launch of the 2010 South Australian Police and Emergency Service Games at MFS headquarters.

Community Resilience

The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide
Amid the rapidly changing ways in which we live, work, travel and relate to our environment, the challenges and opportunities for Adelaide's growth have rarely been greater. That is why the South Australian Government, driven by the Department of Planning and Local Government (DPLG) has developed The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide (The Plan). The Plan is designed to guide development including urban planning, residential development, transport and infrastructure, population growth, and jobs.

Read about our sector's important involvement in the development of the Plan.

Being Accountable

Information Management (Objective) Update
The Records Management team have been working hard preparing for the rollout of the new Information Management system across the sector.

Find out about the new staff members who have joined the Information Management Team, the roll out of the upgrade and the progress of the naming competition.

Angle Park Emergency Service Library
The SAFECOM sector has a number of hidden treasures, with many of these providing valuable lessons from our past and the experiences of others, both here in Australia, and overseas.

One of these treasures is the Emergency Services Library located at the MFS Angle Park Training Centre. Find out about how you can tap into this useful resource.
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