Learn­ing to lead

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LIFTOUT -

The on­go­ing devel­op­ment of new and prospec­tive lead­ers of lo­cal vol­un­teer fire brigades was the fo­cus of a re­cent week­end lead­er­ship camp at Hid­den Hill, Coalville.

The 25 par­tic­i­pants set the agenda and dis­cus­sion points they con­sid­ered rel­e­vant to them­selves and their brigades.

CFA Dis­trict 9 act­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager Ricky Read said the camp-style re­treat was an in­vest­ment to build con­fi­dence and skills in cur­rent cap­tains and up-and-com­ing brigade lead­ers.

The camp was led by an in­de­pen­dent fa­cil­i­ta­tor cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing con­flict res­o­lu­tion, change man­age­ment, lis­ten­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­niques.

Vol­un­teer sus­tain­abil­ity team mem­ber Bar­rie Gray said while some of the top­ics looked as if they’d be heavy go­ing the par­tic­i­pants ac­tu­ally spent the week­end with smiles on their faces and laugh­ing.

Mr Read said the camp fit­ted per­fectly with a num­ber of lead­er­ship devel­op­ment events run within the Baw Baw group and of brigades and Dis­trict 9.

The fo­cus this year has been to equip lead­ers with the right tools for the job and that goes well be­yond trucks, hoses and other equip­ment, he said.

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