COMMent Newsletter February 2010

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A Message from the Chief Executive, David Place

The 12-month anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires is a time to remember the significant loss felt by so many, a time to reflect on the struggle and progress made in rebuilding communities, and a time to renew our resolve to truly learn from the tragedy. To read more click here.

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Community Resilience
We remember and give thanks for the courageous efforts of our own men and women who helped our interstate colleagues in their time of need, and who continue to support them as they try to move on. And it is the men and women of our services, both volunteer and staff, who can, and are, bringing about change corporately, across government and at the grass roots level to improve our preparedness. To read more click here.
From the Board

Click here for an update from the SAFECOM Board following the first meeting for 2010.

Seamless Integration

In order to work together successfully we need to plan together which is why the Board has asked for our next sector strategic plan to be developed.

This plan will set out what we've agreed to do as a sector (through our individual agency activity, joint activity and Board activity) over what timeframe and will set down the measures we will use to test if we are staying on track and reaching our shared goals. To find out more click here.


Emergency Alert telephone warning system goes live
The new Emergency Alert telephone warning system is already proving to be a valuable tool for the CFS following its launch in South Australia in December.

The system, which sends voice message to landlines, and text message to mobiles, has been used nine times by the CFS to warn people about bushfires, most recently for the Hillier fire, near Gawler, on 10 February.

Being Accountable

Emergency Services Delivery Standards Update
How do we know we are delivering the most appropriate services to the community and how will we continue to do so for the future? How will we manage our services for developments in SA and manage environmental changes on the delivery of our resources?

These are just some of the questions that are being considered by the Emergency Services Delivery Standards Working Party.

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Our People

Australia Day Awards
Australia Day is a time to reflect on all the things that make Australia great, and this includes the people. The 2010 Australia Day Awards saw a number of deserving CFS, SES and MFS staff and volunteers honoured for their contributions to the South Australian fire and emergency services sector.

Vale MFS Senior Firefighter Peter Hall
The attention of all emergency services sector staff and volunteers is drawn to the passing of retired Senior Firefighter Peter Hall on Monday 1 February 2010.


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