Op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers to have a say

Benalla Ensign - - Fire Action Week -

Vol­un­teer fire fight­ers across north- east Vic­to­ria are be­ing en­cour­aged to have a say on how well their ex­pec­ta­tions and needs are be­ing met across key is­sues af­fect­ing sat­is­fac­tion, morale, wel­fare and ef­fi­ciency.

The an­nual Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gades Vic­to­ria ( VFBV) Vol­un­teer Wel­fare and Ef­fi­ciency Sur­vey will pro­vide di­rect feed­back to the CFA, govern­ment and other key de­ci­sion mak­ers.

VFBV wants vol­un­teers to use this op­por­tu­nity to voice their con­cerns and give de­ci­sion mak­ers ev­i­dence, data and in­sights that will in­crease un­der­stand­ing and drive im­prove­ments on im­por­tant mat­ters.

The sur­vey, now in its sixth year, is de­signed by vol­un­teers for vol­un­teers.

The re­sults of the sur­vey give VFBV an im­por­tant and re­li­able method of cap­tur­ing the views of vol­un­teers and to track progress on what has been achieved, what is im­prov­ing, and what needs to be ad­dressed.

VFBV District 23 Coun­cil pres­i­dent Mick Jones said that all vol­un­teers should take the op­por­tu­nity to have their say, par­tic­u­larly those in the more re­mote ru­ral lo­ca­tions.

‘‘ It’s im­por­tant that vol­un­teers across Vic­to­ria give their opin­ions to help cre­ate change if and where it is needed,’’ Mr Jones said.

‘‘ Ev­ery voice and opin­ion counts and whether you have been a vol­un­teer for months or decades we want to hear from you.

‘‘ The more peo­ple who do the sur­vey the bet­ter chance we will have to com­pel at­ten­tion and ef­fort to ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­prove­ment.’’

The sur­vey was launched in 2012 to mea­sure how well vol­un­teers were be­ing sup­ported, re­spected, trained, re­cruited and re­tained.

Each year sur­vey re­sults are com­pared with previ- ous years’ fig­ures, to show trends in how vol­un­teers feel on is­sues and to track whether things are im­prov­ing or whether new chal­lenges are emerg­ing.

The 2017 VFBV Vol­un­teer Wel­fare and Ef­fi­ciency Sur­vey is open dur­ing October and CFA vol­un­teers can com­plete the sur­vey by vis­it­ing www. vfbv. com. au/ cfa

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