The basis of our approach to fire prevention planning is the
realisation that there will be disasters that will stretch the fire brigade
and supporting bodies.
In the case of bushfire, it's now recognised by fire and emergency
services across Australia that when communities such as this are threatened,
we can't depend on the fire brigade being able to protect every home, they
probably won't have enough people or equipment.
It will be effective mitigation programs, including individual self-reliance,
in place prior to the disaster event that will minimise the immediate and longer-term impacts
on community well-being.
Our objective is to help councils develop comprehensive and cost effective
fire prevention plans based on a risk management approach to identification
and treatment of all fire related risks in the municipality.
To be effective the plan must have broad community acceptance and individual commitment
The process we utilise is based on our
philosophy, which is consistent with the CFA's approach to fire
prevention planning. We work closely with Council, the Municipal Fire
Prevention Committee, stakeholder public agencies, community interest groups
and consult with the general community to identify concerns and needs.
We also assist Council and agencies having fire prevention
responsibilities to develop mitigation programs tailored to individual risks,
rather than rely on inefficient and sometimes ineffective broad-brush
approaches. In this regard, we place considerable importance on community
education programs and the creation of mutual aid community groups.
Finally, Community Safety Services' approach will deliver a strategic plan
that can readily become an integral part of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan.
Community Safety Services is currently assisting Moorabool Shire and Wyndham City Councils to prepare Municipal Fire Prevention Plans.
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