Westmeadows Grassfire Review

At approximately 5pm on 24 January 2012, a grassfire occurred on the west side of Broadmeadows Valley Park, which is a reserve managed by Hume City Council.

The fire burnt about 30 hectare, passed under power transmission lines and threatened homes that backed onto the western side of the reserve. The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) was the control agency of this incident.

The Fire Services Commissioner requested an operational review of the fire, which was undertaken by a Department of Sustainability and Environment senior officer.

The purpose of the review was to identify and evaluate compliance with relevant standards, and to identify learnings or issues that MFB and support agencies could explore further for the purposes of continuous improvement.

This report should be considered in view of continuous improvement to aspects of emergency management activities relating to vegetative fires in urban environments; especially on or near MFB and Country Fire Authority (CFA) fire agency boundaries.

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