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Building a skilled team
Friday 6 November 2015 – 4:00 PM

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Building Fire Safety  Officers extended their skills with intensive management training earlier this year, enabling them to bring improved service to the community.

A Certificate IV in Frontline Management was received by  five personnel, while two achieved the Diploma of Management.
The successful participants commenced their intense six  month program in April this year and delivered outstanding assessments, studying units focussed on such topics as leadership in the workplace, promoting team effectiveness, and applying risk management processes.
Building Fire Safety Officer Joe De Palma said the course was well structured and enabled him to achieve his desired outcomes in terms of understanding leadership, working relationships and establishing networks.
“It also really highlighted the importance of occupational health and safety in the workplace, which is particularly relevant for us in the Built Environment Branch (BEB) when we attend building sites.”
Senior Building Fire Safety Officer Sherrie Nicholas said the course was a valuable formalisation and reinforcement of effective workplace practices.
“I’m confident it will be beneficial when it comes to managing future projects and teams,” Sherrie said.
“It is great for our team to be supported in our professional development, both in terms of being encouraged to take up the opportunity and also being given time to attend training and undertake assessments.”
Assistant Commissioner Gary Gifford, Operations Capability, praised the officers involved for their commitment and dedication to improving themselves professionally.
“We are operating in an increasingly competitive employment environment and it is great to see personnel taking on the challenge to upskill themselves,” Assistant Commissioner Gifford said.  
“When our staff commit to professional development it also benefits the Department and the community in turn, by ensuring our service to the public is in line with contemporary business management.”
The program was specifically designed to meet the needs of DFES and the BEB, and builds on the success of the 2014 DFES Operational Management Development program where eight BEB officers graduated.