From the Emergency Management Commissioner

These are updates from the Emergency Management Commissioner.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about starting at EMV

It is my second week since I started as Emergency Management Commissioner and I am excited about the future and what the role has to offer.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week, a special time to thank the many thousands of volunteers who perform critical roles across Victoria.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about the community recovery in the south west

Communities in Victoria’s south west continue to move through the recovery from the fire event which started on 17 March and are at various stages.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about climate change

During summer, the realities of extreme weather events are sharply brought into focus, and this season has been no different.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about planned burning

Grass and bushfire is and always will be one of the biggest challenges for Victoria.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about lessons learned

For a long time the emergency management sector has found it challenging to effectively identify and learn lessons to provide evidence of behaviour or organisational change.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about ongoing challenges in the South West

The fires in south west Victoria continue to test the community and emergency management personnel.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about the south west fires

Last weekend saw the worst fire conditions of the season. On the back of an extremely dry period, the Bureau of Meteorology forecast high temperatures and strong winds.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about the challenging summer

The last day of summer saw a number of significant challenges for emergency services across Victoria.

A message from the Commissioner about the last 12 months

It is an opportune time to reflect on the challenges of the last 12 months, and those we still need to be aware of, both as the emergency management sector and as a community.

A message from the Commissioner about the wet start to summer

This first weekend of summer saw record-breaking rainfall in many parts of our state.

A message from the Commissioner about sustainable volunteering

Volunteerism in Victoria is something we are very proud of and something we have to enable, support and help grow.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about leaving early

Victoria's fire agencies talk with their communities each year about what to do in the event of a fire. As part of Fire Action Week, it’s timely to continue these important discussions.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about the Fire Services Reform

A message from the Commissioner on the Fire Services Reform. Victoria's emergency management sector has a lot to be proud of in the way in which they work together. This has grown over the years and is being cemented in the arrangements under which we currently operate.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about the mechanism for change in emergency management

History says yes, to an extent. Major reform has come from what could be perceived as multiple "failures" during major emergencies that have highlighted necessary changes. These perceived “failures” bring to the surface systematic learnings that feed into the continuous improvement of the sector.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about road crash rescue arrangements

Today there are media reports focused on the role of Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) in road crash rescues that are misleading and have potential to cause concern amongst volunteers. VICSES will remain the major provider of road crash rescue for Victoria.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about creating safer and more resilient communities

Creating safer and more resilient communities in Victoria must be a partnership across agencies, state and local government, business and communities. 

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about future change in the fires services

We have an opportunity. That opportunity brings with it change, and to the people it impacts that change is a challenge.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about the road to recovery 

With the release of the Resilient Recovery Discussion Paper, we have an opportunity to shape our future relief and recovery system.  

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A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner on the launch of the Emergency Management Diversity and Inclusion Framework

Message from the Emergency Management Commissioner on today's launch of the Emergency Management Diversity and Inclusion Framework.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about MFB's Chief Officer

I would like to thank Peter Rau for his time as MFB Chief Officer. Peter has worked closely with the emergency management sector in a number of roles over the years including with the CFA, and the sector has benefited from his leadership and guidance.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about the USA and Canada tour

I've spent the last two weeks in USA and Canada investigating new aviation technologies and sharing expertise and learnings with our international counterparts.

A message from the Emergency Management Commissioner about CFA's Chief Officer

I would like to recognise Joe Buffone for his time as CFA Chief Officer and for his years of service to the emergency management sector and to the community.