Learning to lead
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.