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Victoria’s Fire Prevention Officers meet in Melton

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24 Jun 2009
For the first time, Municipal Fire Prevention Officers from across Victoria, both metropolitan and regional areas, converged on Melton to attend the 8th Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Forum.

The Forum brought together the State’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officers (MFPO), representing their local council or shire. Building surveyors, councillors and senior council staff participated in what was an opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss key issues and obtain professional development through listening to expert speakers on current matters relating to fire prevention.

“We have conducted MFPO seminars for eight years now, the objective is to communicate our fire prevention messages, and to advise MFPO’s of changes to legislation and new practises in the field. These forums are also an important feedback mechanism for CFA and MFB staff to learn about what tools officers in the field need to undertake their roles effectively,” said Rachael Thompson, CFA Fire Prevention Improvement Officer.

“This is the second year the MFB and CFA are conducting a joint forum. Regardless of whether MFPOs are from regional areas or metropolitan Melbourne, it’s a unique opportunity for participants to network with colleagues, stakeholders and improve relationships so we can all work together to meet our common goal of community safety,” said MFB Commander Mark Milaszewicz.

Various presentations from fire authorities and local government bodies covering subjects such as the environment, legislative compliance and community safety were made creating opportunities for discussion and learning.

MFB Chief Fire Officer Tony Murphy and CFA Director of Community Safety Lisa Sturzenegger joined forces to open and close the event. Joe Buffone one of Victoria’s Deputy Emergency Services Commissioners spoke at the Forum dinner.

Feedback from some of the 140 Forum participants indicates the day was a resounding success with the key take home message of ‘working together’ at the core.

For more information contact: MFB 0409 354 077 / CFA 03 5330 3124

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