Managing fires in the future

Victorians have an opportunity to shape the future of fire management in Victoria by providing feedback to the Victorian Fire Management Strategy Discussion Paper.

Released this week the paper aims to explore new and innovative ways to prevent fires in Victoria and reduce impacts on the community when fires occur.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said sector and community feedback was the first step in developing a holistic new strategy, which would include all aspects of fire.

“Our aim is to reduce the number of fires and the impact on the community by building safer, more resilient communities,” he said.

“In order for us to better service the growing Victorian community we need to continue to challenge our approaches before, during and after fires.”

Mr Lapsley said high-rise apartment fires, the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire, and more recently the Coolaroo fire, were examples of the complex and challenging fire emergencies with large and often ongoing community impacts.

“Our sector has been challenged by many different kinds of fires and this paper draws on examples from some of those complex incidents as a way to learn and plan for future emergencies,” he said.

“This discussion paper will help shape a sustainable and mature approach to managing future fires in Victoria.

“All of us can potentially be impacted by fire and preventing fires is everyone’s responsibility. The state is growing in population, the impact of climate change and risk of more people living in urban and peri-urban environments should be part of the discussion.

“Input into the development of this strategy is vital and I encourage your involvement. We are looking for all opinions which will help us in the move towards a sustainable future in fire management.”

Feedback is encouraged from individuals, community groups, business, industry, government and not-for-profit groups, academia and emergency management organisations.

For more information and to provide your feedback go to www.engage.vic.gov.au/VFMS (External link)