Report of Operations 2007-08 - Shared CFA/MFB Initiatives
CFA and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) have continued a number of joint initiatives and resource-sharing activities under the auspices of a Joint Coordinating Committee.
While many initiatives are directed at administrative functions, such as the sharing of finance resources and a joint approach to auditing insurance contributions, most of the initiatives come from an operational focus and address the expanding role of emergency services. The primary operational arrangement between the two agencies is the Joint Operation Activities Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into in July 2006.
Other arrangements between CFA are formalised in other MoUs or Service Level Agreements (SLAs) including:
- Eastern Freeway MoU
- South Eastern Training Ground SLA
- Internet Protocol Telephony SLA
- Marine Response MoU
- East Link tunnels
- Secondment of MFB employees for the purpose of implementing the Integrated Fire Management Plan.
During the year, operational cooperation between the CFA and MFB resulted in:
- the development of a Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) incident management course
- CFA assisting MFB in building and maintaining an urban search and rescue capacity, including training
- CFA and MFB building relationships as a result of functions associated with ports and building control, such as the development of a joint marine pre-incident response plan and regular meetings with the Building Commission
- ongoing community safety initiatives such as the 'Change the Battery' campaign and 'Winter Fire Safety' campaign
- joint research and review of equipment such as personal protective equipment, training and response to incidents.