Actions in Response to the 2009 Victoria Bushfires
Royal Commission Recommendations


The focus of our goals during 2010-11 was to begin implementing the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission’s recommendations.

This table outlines our achievements to year’s end and the initiatives we are carrying into next year.

Fire Management Community Strengthening Service Delivery People
Objective Objective Objective Objective

Reduce the impact of fire and other emergencies on public safety, social, economic and environmental outcomes

Equipping Victorian communities with the knowledge skills and resources needed to manage their own safety and wellbeing

Provide a high standard of quality, efficient and accessible services appropriate to meet community needs

Our people are equipped with the right skills, are valued, encouraged, safe and confident in performing their roles and contribute to decision making and organisational direction

Focus Focus Focus Focus

Implement ‘one source one message’ for VicSES and MFB


Update messages used for delivering advice to the community

Enhance and maintain Incident Control (ICC) and Divisional Command Centres network


Establish Regional Commander roles to ensure operational preparedness arrangements are in place


Establish trials of automated vehicle tracking systems (AVL)


Support the delivery of environmentally sustainable fire management programs

Develop new Fire Safe Kids syllabus


Deliver Fire Ready programs to high-risk communities


Improve householder online assessment tool


Plan for additional mobile education units for schools


Review and update FireReady kit for residents


Enhance online web content


Provide site-specific advice to property owners


Maintain and develop Township Protection Plans in selected high-risk locations in consultation with communities

Install redundant network links to ensure infrastructure resilience


Complete the Victorian Fire Risk Register (VFRR) process for the remaining Victorian municipalities


Continue to support the identification and establishment of neighbourhood safer places/places of last resort in ‘at risk’ communities


Complete the transition of remaining brigades to the new CFA regional boundaries


Provide a lead role in addressing the challenges for diverse and ‘at risk’ communities in their bushfire safety options

Improve incident management team performance, training and readiness to manage emergencies across Victoria


Recruit and train additional career firefighters


Provide mobile and fixed training tools and props to improve training quality and accessibility to volunteers

Provide and expand volunteer health and wellbeing pilot program


Continue intervention support to volunteers impacted by their exposure to fires


Provide an additional 2,000 EAS pagers to volunteers

Continued:      
Fire Management Community Strengthening Service Delivery People
Results Results Results Results

OSOM integration with SES completed


New fire danger ratings established and districts aligned with Bureau of Meteorology weather districts


CFA-managed ICCs
maintained at or above the minimum standard divisional command locations now operational


Regional Commander roles established in all eight regions


AVL trials completed and capability included as part of radio replacement program


Participation in DSE review of Forest Code of Practice


Vegetation management officers driving holistic and sustainable approach to vegetation management objectives, through regional plans and advocacy

Development of digital teaching resources and Fire Safe Kids syllabus developed with DEECD for integration with Victorian schools curriculum


Provision of publications and tools in languages other than English and a review and development of vision impaired tools


Online self assessment tool redeveloped


Designs completed for new mobile education units with delivery anticipated in September 2011


More than 114
Township Protection Plans completed and available to the public. Development commenced for web content management system


Continued advice to property owners undertaken and delivered by fire safety officers

Business continuity
planning, including identification of network linkage redundancies, undertaken for key service delivery, and State Control Centres progressed


VFRR and assets ‘at risk’ identified and rated for all municipalities


178 neighbourhood safer places identified across Victoria


CFA boundaries aligned to regional and municipal boundaries where operationally appropriate


Vision Australia and SCOPE engaged in the development of accessibility of township protection planning text and maps to the vision impaired (including culturally and communities)


Redesigned website and
smart phone application

ICC Management Capability Training Program established and being progressed


First round additional
Recruit Career Firefighter course completed


Upgrades to five key field training grounds undertaken with further planning work for new Sunraysia training ground


Designs developed
for three new mobile hot fire training props. Prototypes expected to be complete for testing in November 2011


Welfare and Wellbeing Advisory Committee established to develop 2011-2015 strategy


Appointment of volunteer liaison project manager being finalised


2,125 additional EAS pagers issued to volunteers

Future Directions Future Directions Future Directions Future Directions

Continue to review and establish more effective communications
interoperability between agencies during incident response


Progress the resourcing and development of ground observer capability


Improve accuracy of grassland curing and fuel measuring to support calculation of fire danger index rating

Continue to enhance the effectiveness of VicEmergency Hotline


Progress the completion and deployment of mobile education units


Continue to review and identify opportunities for township protection planning and high-risk
safety options

Continue review and
monitoring of community
Fireguard Program for Quality Assurance


Progress the establishment of regional CFA planning officer roles to facilitate community planning


Continue to investigate and enhance fire safety options and information for at risk communities

Employment of volunteer liaison and support officers to enhance volunteer capability and capacity


Progress the recruitment and training of the remaining career firefighters


Progress and complete training ground and mobile aids enhancements


Progress development and implementation of Human capital management system

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