Interoperability and Shared Initiatives
In partnership with MFB, we 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 have an operational focus and address the expanding role of emergency services. The main operational arrangement between the two agencies is the Joint Operation Activities Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was set up in July 2006.
During 2010-11, operational cooperation between CFA and MFB resulted in:
- the continuation of a multiagency chemical, biological and radiological incident management course
- CFA and MFB (as part of a multiagency state-based team that includes Victoria Police, SES and Ambulance Victoria), maintaining an urban search and rescue capacity including training
- CFA and MFB building relationships as a result of functions associated with building fire safety control, and regular meetings with the Building Commission and Building Regulatory Advisory Committee
- ongoing community safety initiatives such as the‘Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery’ and Winter Fire Safety campaigns
- joint research and review of equipment such as personal protective equipment, training and response to incidents
- completion of a joint project with MFB regarding shelter-in- place and plume modelling, mainly associated with major hazard facilities and toxic releases
- completion of joint drill-style exercises in Hazmat response, plume modelling and urban search and rescue
- agreed standard and training for Hazmat incident management
- joint Bushfire Steering Committee (CFA, DPCD, DSE and Building Commission), focused on implementing the Victoria Bushfires Royal Commission’s recommendations.