These are updates from the Emergency Management Commissioner.
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.
This week is National Volunteer Week, a special time to thank the many thousands of volunteers who perform critical roles across Victoria.
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.
During summer, the realities of extreme weather events are sharply brought into focus, and this season has been no different.
Grass and bushfire is and always will be one of the biggest challenges for Victoria.
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.
The fires in south west Victoria continue to test the community and emergency management personnel.
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.
The last day of summer saw a number of significant challenges for emergency services across Victoria.
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.
This first weekend of summer saw record-breaking rainfall in many parts of our state.
Volunteerism in Victoria is something we are very proud of and something we have to enable, support and help grow.
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 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.
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.
We have an opportunity. That opportunity brings with it change, and to the people it impacts that change is a challenge.
With the release of the Resilient Recovery Discussion Paper, we have an opportunity to shape our future relief and recovery system.
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.
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.
I've spent the last two weeks in USA and Canada investigating new aviation technologies and sharing expertise and learnings with our international counterparts.
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.