Volunteer Fire Academy Recruits Need Exit Strategy
UPDATE: THE Country Fire Authority will soon begin asking volunteers who leave the organisation to complete an exit survey.
This follows concerns being raised by some volunteers who say uncommitted new recruits were costing the service thousands of dollars and disheartening other members.
Volunteer trainers claim that in some brigades up to half of all new recruits, particularly in outer-Melbourne areas, end up “disappearing into thin air” within three months of completing training.
And sometimes they did not return protective clothing issued to them.
But CFA Training and Volunteerism executive director Lex de Man said while he had not had similar concerns raised with him, the issue warranted some investigation.