Deliver traditional and atypical search and rescue capabilities, including people and resources with the goal of saving the greatest number of endangered lives in the shortest time possible.

Table 28: Agency roles mapped to the VPF, by critical tasks within the Search and Rescue core capability

 

Critical Task 12.1: Conduct large scale search operations to locate persons.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

ADF

 

During an emergency event or incident involving ADF aircraft or vessels, as detailed in the National Search and Rescue Manual, ADF is the responsible control agency, in conjunction with state Police and the AMSA

 

3.1, 12.3

         

LSV

 

Provision of both paid and volunteer water-based patrolling including inshore, rescue and response services provided from LSV supported locations across Port Phillip Bay, the Victorian coastline and inland waterways

 

3.1, 3.2, 12.3

     

Provision of air, water and land-based search and rescue services to locate lost persons and vessels at sea and inland waterways supporting VicPol through Rescue powercraft (rescue boats and rescue water craft): Inshore search and rescue (up to 2 nautical miles) as well as offshore search and rescue (greater than 2 nautical miles); Remote piloted aircraft systems (Drones); Helicopter services capable of winching persons over land and water; and All-terrain vehicles capable of driving on beaches

 

3.1, 3.2, 10.1, 12.3

         

PV

 

Search and rescue on land and in Victorian waters, particularly those managed by PV, under the direction of VicPol

 

3.2

         

VicPol

 

VicPol is the control agency for search and rescue on land and Victorian waters, other than for ADF ships and planes

 

3.1, 12.3

         

VICSES

 

Provide key support for search and rescue on land and water evacuations and incidents involving mass casualties

 

3.2, 5.2, 8.2, 12.3

     

Provide key support for USAR capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

 

3.2, 12.3

         

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

 

Support agency to VicPol for land, water and transport search and rescue

 

3.2, 12.3

         
 

Critical Task 12.2: Co-ordinate spontaneous volunteers.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DJPR

 

DJPR is lead agency for the following relief activities as per the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan, animal welfare support services during relief include, but are not limited to; management of displaced animals (including relocated animals); animal welfare assessment, veterinary treatment, humane destruction, salvage slaughter and disposal; and provision of emergency pet food, livestock fodder and water

 

4.5, 10.2, 11.1, 13.2, 15.7

         
 

Critical Task 12.3: Conduct mass rescue of trapped or isolated persons.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

Airservices

 

Control agency for aircraft inflight emergencies and rescue and firefighting at designated airports

 

3.1, 7.2

         

ADF

 

During an emergency event or incident involving ADF aircraft or vessels, as detailed in the National Search and Rescue Manual, ADF is the responsible control agency, in conjunction with state Police and the AMSA

 

3.1, 12.1

         

CFA

 

Control Agency for fire on private land within Country Area Victoria; accidents involving gas leakage, hazardous materials, lifts, or scaffolding and amusement structures, and building collapse; fire and explosion incidents involving aircraft and boilers and pressure vessels and rescue incidents involving rail, aircraft and industrial, road, and building structures

 

3.1, 7.2

     

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through rescue of persons from other emergencies, including fire; road, rail and aircraft accidents; industrial accidents and other emergencies (including provision of steep and high angle rescues)

   
     

Provide key support for USAR capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

 

3.2

     

Provide key support for Mines Rescue capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

 

3.2

     

Provide key support for tunnel and trench rescue incidents

 

3.2

         

FRV

 

FRV is the control agency for fire and other emergencies (as identified in the Response table) for the FRV Fire District (including the Port of Melbourne and waters as defined in the Port Management Act 1995) including rescue incidents involving rail, aircraft and industrial, road, USAR, confined space, trench, low-high angle and tunnel, and building structures

 

3.1

     

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through rescue of persons from fire, road, rail and aircraft accidents, industrial accidents and other emergencies

 

3.1

     

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through swift water rescue and maritime incidents across the state

 

3.2

         

DJPR

 

DJPR is a key support agency for rescue: mine/quarry and lift, crane, scaffolding or amusement structure

 

3.2

         

LSV

 

Provision of both paid and volunteer water-based patrolling including inshore, rescue and response services provided from LSV supported locations across Port Phillip Bay, the Victorian coastline and inland waterways

 

3.1, 3.2, 12.1

     

Provision of air, water and land-based search and rescue services to locate lost persons and vessels at sea and inland waterways supporting VicPol through Rescue powercraft (rescue boats and rescue water craft): Inshore search and rescue (up to 2 nautical miles) as well as offshore search and rescue (greater than 2 nautical miles); Remote piloted aircraft systems (Drones); Helicopter services capable of winching persons over land and water; and All-terrain vehicles capable of driving on beaches

 

3.1, 3.2, 10.1, 12.1

         

VicPol

 

VicPol is the control agency for search and rescue on land and Victorian waters, other than for ADF ships and planes

 

3.1, 12.1

     

VicPol is the control agency for rescue in mines and caves

 

3.1

         

VICSES

 

VICSES is the control agency for storm, flood, landslide, tsunami and earthquake, accidents involving building collapse, rescue incidents involving rail, aircraft and industrial, road, and building structures

 

3.1

     

VICSES provides continuous protection of life, property and the environment through rescue of persons from road crash, and rescue of persons endangered by steep and high angle incidents, swift water and other emergencies or dangerous situations

 

3.1

     

Provide key support for search and rescue on land and water evacuations and incidents involving mass casualties

 

3.2, 5.2, 8.2, 12.1

     

Provide key support for USAR capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

 

3.2, 12.1

         

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

 

Support agency to VicPol for land, water and transport search and rescue

 

3.2, 12.1

         
 

Critical Task 12.4: Co-ordinate deployment of state, national and international people and resources.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AMSA

 

Manager of the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies including management of oil spill response equipment stockpiles, an aerial dispersant capability and a national team of trained responders and emergency managers

 

16.5

         

ESTA

 

Dispatch appropriate emergency response resources and support them with situational awareness information through operational communication networks

 

3.2, 7.3, 14.4

         

FRV

 

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through USAR capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

 

3.2

         

Services Australia

 

Implement agreements with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies, and outline the arrangements in place with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies for the provision of support services in the event that their resources are overwhelmed during an emergency. Note: Other agreements outline the arrangements between the department and policy agencies about how they will work together to deliver the best possible services (within their portfolio of responsibility) to the community

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 3.2, 7.3, 14.4

         

VicPol

 

VicPol supports to other agencies in provision of personnel

 

3.2, 8.3

         

VICSES

 

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through USAR capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

 

3.2