Seamless Integration

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During major incidents the community requires assistance and isn't concerned which agency provides that assistance as long as they get the help they need. Hence, one of the priorities of the SAFECOM Board is seamless integration - agencies working as one team. During the catastrophic events that unfolded over the border, SAFECOM agencies supported their Victoria counterparts defending life, property and the environment from the threat of bushfire and also in the recovery effort.

Future firefighters skill up


In a national first, the CFS has teamed up with the SES, SA Police (SAPOL) and SA Ambulance (SAAS) to provide students considering a career in emergency service with hands on experiences.

The 'Emergency Services in Schools Week' program, the result of a three-way collaboration between the CFS, Career Advice Australia and School and Beyond (an Adelaide and Murrylands organisation that assists students in the school to work transition), delivers a week-long course designed to give school students a rare taste of what it is like to work in emergency services and promote informed entry into an emergency service career.

  Year 11 and 12 students from the Adelaide Hills and Murrylands took part in the residential course at the CFS State Training Centre in Brukunga during August. They were the second group of students to complete the course. The course provides students with insight into career and volunteer opportunities while learning new skills and gaining practical experience in fire fighting, first aid and other emergency services activities.

CFS Manager of Training, Brenton Eden said, "We are really happy to be involved in this program, it is the first of its kind in Australia, and may be a first in many countries across the world in bringing students into an emergency service environment for a week."

The week culminated with students assigned to teams to take part in a realistic mock crash exercise involving a car, a scooter and a tree.

Emergency Services in Schools


In addition to the practical experiences offered, students studied topics such as operating basic equipment, map reading, navigation, communication systems, fire fighting, working in teams and occupational health and safety. Representatives from the CFS, MFS, SAFECOM, SAAS and SAPOL joined the students during afternoon sessions to take them through careers workshops and explain what was involved in working in their particular organisation.

"Apart from the positive skill development, another positive spin off of the course," said Brenton, "would be if some of the students considered becoming volunteers with their local CFS brigades having already completed the training."

Following the success of this year's program the CFS intends to run two more courses next year.

Information sourced from Government Skills Australia

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