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The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine



The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services


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The DRUM Magazine | August 2009 | 21 Fire and Rescue Service Volunteers Chris Peberdy and Damien Shaw have recently completed a National Volunteer Leaders Program at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in Manly NSW. The Volunteer Leaders Program is a five-day intensive program developed by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), which aims to develop the leadership potential within the volunteer services so that leaders and organisations are better prepared for future challenges and changes. This program is designed for current and emerging leaders of Volunteer Emergency Services and Associations and focuses on developing leadership capabilities, extending industry knowledge and forming strategic alliances. It is attended by volunteers from Australian and New Zealand fire and land management agencies and Australian State Emergency Services. Through a range of activities including team building exercises, role plays, class room exercises and practical examples participants learn how to be more effective leaders and how to be better team members. When asked about what he thought about his time at the AIPM Chris said, This course taught me more about the relationship between team members and team leaders and has improved the leadership skills I already have. Good leadership can be the difference between life and death Damien said the skills he has gained helped him improve his leadership and understanding of his brigade and his service. This course has provided me with the inspiration to change and with the networking I have done I believe we can bring the volunteers together even more and move forward, said Damien. It was a personal fire experience that made Damien want to be a fire fighter. As a kid living in Humpty Doo I had a grass fire come towards our block. Out of no where the local brigade, who I had never met, came in and saved our block. Since that day I have always wanted to be a Fiery said Damien. Damien originally joined the Koolpinyah Volunteer fire Brigade in 1995 where for four years he was a firefighter enjoying putting out fires and doing strategic burns to prevent loss of property. In 1998 he moved back to the NT and transferred to the Humpty Doo Volunteer Fire Brigade where he is still a member. In 2000 Damien was promoted to Team Leader, a position he held for four years before being elected to Vice Captain in 2004. After a short break from the Brigade due to work commitments Damien returned and was elected to the role of Captain in March 2008. Damien is also currently the Chairman of the Northern Territory Firefighters Competition Committee and is a member of the Volunteer Training Committee. Chris joined the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service in 1998 as a member of the Katherine Fire Emergency Response Group which was a combined service with the Northern Territory Emergency Service and High Angel Rescue Team. During this time Chris was involved with the Katherine floods rescue and recovery effort as well as responding to numerous road crashes and fires. I became a volunteer fire fighter to help the community and learn new skills. Volunteers are important because they are the backbone of small communities said Chris. Chris is also a member of the Australian Federal Police and works as Operational Safety Trainer providing firearms and defensive tactics training. In 2003 Chris was working in Canberra with his paid job when he was able to assist in the response to the bush fires the devastated Canberra and surrounding areas. Later in the same year Chris was deployed to the Solomon Islands as part of the participating police force. In 2006 Chris transferred his volunteer membership to the Howard Springs volunteer fire brigade which is the busiest volunteer fire brigade in the Northern Territory, attending around 200 calls per year. Chris was picked as part of a Northern Territory strike team which deployed to country Victoria in 2007 which provided him with valuable insight into how large wildfires are dealt with in the southern states. Damien and Chris position in the National Volunteer Leaders Program was sponsored by funds raised by the Dulux and Bunnings paint promotion that runs in Bunnings stores nationally through January and February. Volunteers Lead the Way From the top Group shot of Chriss team. Chris is far left back row Damien (front green t-shirt) and his team practice the team building exercise. Group shot of Damiens team. Damien is far 3rd from left back row. Chris steps through the obstacle as part of the team building exercise