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

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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