We have a legislative requirement to have a Municipal Fire Management Plan.
The purpose of the Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP) is to chart the planned and co-ordinated implementation of measures that will minimise the occurrence, and mitigate the effect, of:
- grass fires
- residential fires
- industrial fires
on the community.
One important aspect of implementing the MFMP is to engage the community so that they have a valid influence in the fire management planning process. It ensures that the City of Greater Geelong MFMP responds to the community’s needs, values and perceived risks.
Our consultation with the community is ongoing.
In this instance the community refers to those currently working in this space and consists of agencies and others who have a role to play in fire prevention and who contribute to the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee and to the Municipal Fire Management Plan and includes but is not limited to CFA, VICPOL, DEWLP, Regional Roads Victoria, Barwon Water and other municipalities.
Our Municipal Fire Management Plan identifies long-term objectives and approaches to managing fire risk in the most critical areas of concern. Actions that can be taken immediately that will contribute to community safety are also identified.
Our plan seeks to reflect the direction emanating from the State sponsored Integrated Community Fire Management Planning (ICFMP) project to deliver an increased integrated approach to all fire issues between agencies and the community. Through a continuous improvement philosophy of agencies and enhanced community feedback, the plan will progressively close the gap between identified risks and on ground treatments over the next planning cycle of three years.
Protecting our community
Fire Management Planning (prevention and preparedness) is a vital component in the protection of life and property against loss caused by fire. No matter how well trained and equipped Fire Brigades are, the greatest factor in limiting fire damage is the extent to which Fire Management Planning measures have been carried out before the event of fire. Our document identifies plans relevant to the response and recovery phases of fire events.
Your participation is important
To be effective, everyone in the community must practice fire prevention. Where it involves a number of people there must be coordinated planning. This document is designed to provide a strategy for the co-ordination of fire prevention measures.
As well as being relevant to the community generally, it particularly concerns relevant public authorities such as:
- the City of Greater Geelong
- Department of Environment Land Water & Planning (DELWP)
- Victoria Police
- Regional Roads Victoria
- Barwon Water
- the Public Transport Corporation
- Work Cover
- local Country Fire Authority Brigades
- the Municipal Fire Planning Committee
- Country Fire Authority
When planning fire prevention for their areas of responsibility.
Senior representatives from all the agencies mentioned in the plan at a regional level and those representing their agencies formally on the MFMPC are required to formally sign off the plan.
The effect of this action is that these organisations’ are indicating that all the plans/risk treatments and their associated commitments in personnel and monetary or other resources are reflected in their organization priorities, budgets and works programs. The ‘who, how, when, what, and where’ of these commitments will be delivered as set out in the Integrated Community Fire Management Plan.
It is acknowledged that our Municipal Fire Prevention Officers do not have the legislative authority to enforce other agencies to fulfill their obligations.