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Dangerous Goods in the Country Area of Victoria
The Victorian Government Fire Services Reform package saw the formation of Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) on the 1st of July 2020.
FRV and CFA have signed a Service Level Deed Agreement which sees FRV provide services on behalf of CFA in relation to the built environment for the state of Victoria. These services include statutory service delivery under the dangerous goods and occupational health and safety legislative frameworks, that includes:
- the provision of written advice for fire protection systems and emergency plans under Regulations 49, 54 and 55 of the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012;
- the development of emergency plans for explosives manufacturing under Regulation 38(2) of the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011;
- the development of emergency plans for the handling of explosives in port areas under Regulation 171 of the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011;
- the preparation and review of emergency plans for Major Hazard Facilities under Regulations 375, 376, 377 and 379 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017; and
- the preparation of emergency plans for mines under Regulations 433, 434 and 435 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.
Guideline for the Provision of Emergency Information – Emergency Information Books
The ability to quickly understand the hazards and risks at facilities during emergencies is critical to their effective and safe management by CFA responders. The CFA Guideline for the Provision of Emergency Information (PDF 191k) is designed to ensure that this information is presented in a standard format, and is current, correct, relevant and provided at sites that pose additional hazards to firefighters through their infrastructure and/or operations.
Emergency Information Books are to be developed, regularly updated, and provided within Emergency Information Containers. Containers are to be located at vehicle entrances to sites with additional hazards such as dangerous goods, combustible recyclable waste materials, tyre storages over 500 EPUs, and renewable energy facilities.