Victoria appoints emergency management commissioner

By weeklytimesnow.com.au VICTORIA’S fire chief has been appointed the state’s first emergency management commissioner. Fire services commissioner Craig Lapsley, who has served in the role since 2010, will take on the position from July 1. Victorian Emergency Services Minister Kim…

Victorian Fire Risk Register: Supports and informs your plan

The Victorian Fire Risk Register (VFRR) is Victoria’s first consistent bushfire risk register. It is demonstrating value to those with risk planning mitigation and response accountabilities. The register lists all infrastructure, townships, environmental tourism and cultural assets that may be…

October 2013 NSW Bush Fires – The challenges, experiences and outcomes

Mr Anthony Clark, Group Manager, Corporate Communications, NSW Rural Fire Service will present a Case Study at the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference: The October 2013 NSW Bush Fires – The challenges, experiences and outcomes.…

State of emergency declared as bushfire conditions worsen

By Rick Feneley, Judith Whelan  Oct. 21, 2013, 7 a.m. Hundreds of thousands of people face a growing bushfire calamity, with the entire Blue Mountains area as well as Penrith and Richmond in danger of burning over the next few…

Resilience to fires and floods: The importance of the response process

Resilience has been identified as an “ordinary magic”, (Masten 2001) but it only occurs in a proportion of the population. Since there is a lack of evidence to suggest it is a uniform phenomenon, the question remains – Can anything…

The Victorian Schools Bushfire Protection Project

The February 2009 bushfires in Victoria were a tragic illustration of the vulnerability and risk Australian urban and rural communities face in the event of an uncontrolled wildfire on a large scale.  Several schools were destroyed or severely damaged as…