Victoria

Stay safe this fire season

Victoria’s firefighters are getting the support they need to keep the community safe this fire season, with Fire Action Week kicking off.

Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino joined Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio to launch the annual fire-planning and preparation week and urge Victorians to prepare early for the upcoming fire season.

Fire agencies have begun their preparations earlier in 2017 with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting an above-normal fire season this summer and bushfires already impacting the Gippsland region.

Fire Action Week, which has been held each year since 2009, is a time for households to increase their understanding of local fire risks, prepare their properties and plan how to stay safe.

The Victorian Government is investing a record $29.4 million in Victoria’s biggest ever firefighting aircraft fleet, providing a mix of water-bombing aircraft including fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to help keep communities safe.

At the same time, the Victorian Government will roll out a range of initiatives from the Fire Services Statement to continue supporting our firefighters this fire season.

A $60 million investment will deliver the training, equipment and facilities Victorian firefighters need. Activities to increase the diversity of Victoria’s fire services will be progressed along with a volunteer recruitment and retention drive.

As recommended in the recent Legislative Council inquiry, CFA and MFB will also publish quarterly response times to improve transparency. The first set of data will be published in coming weeks. Work will also begin on the transition to a single commissioner model for the MFB.

Source: Vic Government