INQ195

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Review of the February 2011 Tostaree Fire (VIC)
INQAuthor
Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner
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InquiryType
DisasterType
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Recommendations for this Inquiry

INQ-ref REC-UID CODE SubCode SrcNUM Recommendation
INQ195 REC195-0309 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation 1

The Fire Services, and other emergency management agencies, use the Tostaree fire as a scenario exercise to improve understanding of fast-running fires and enhance interoperability and control strategies

INQ195 REC195-0325 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 17

The Fire Services evaluate the new information and warning systems to identify ways to integrate them and improve their capacity to issue timely, relevant and tailored messages. This should include the use of social media.

INQ195 REC195-0326 E - Agency Organisation 16 - Training and behaviour 18

The Fire Services recognise the specialised role of Information Sections and enhance training and resources accordingly.

INQ195 REC195-0327 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation 19

The Fire Services Commissioner ensures that the inter-relationship between Information Sections at all levels is understood.

INQ195 REC195-0328 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 20

The Fire Services ensure that information and warnings are developed in accordance with the Victorian Warning Protocol

INQ195 REC195-0329 A - Responsibility 21 - Role of Commonwealth Government 21

The Fire Services Commissioner requests the Federal Government to revise the National SEWS Guidelines

INQ195 REC195-0330 F - Research and technology 13 - Mapping and data quality 22

The Fire Services develop a program that enables all communication mediums, including social media and agency websites, to be monitored in real time to provide quality assurance for outgoing messages and additional sources of information and intelligence relating to an emergency

INQ195 REC195-0331 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 23

The Fire Services ensure information and warning projects are able to be integrated with a common operating platform.

INQ195 REC195-0332 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education 24

The Fire Services, in consultation with the community, develop a methodology for measuring community preparedness. They should also develop tailored education and information sharing opportunities to improve community understanding of bushfire risk, mitigation and preparedness.

INQ195 REC195-0333 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education 25

The Fire Services identify opportunities for the community to learn about, engage with and influence local emergency management planning.

INQ195 REC195-0334 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation 26

The Fire Services Commissioner leads a task force to: a. identify legislation, policies and guidelines that impact on vegetation management and recommend necessary changes b.

INQ195 REC195-0335 B - Preparedness 10 - Electricity infrastructure 27

Energy Safe Victoria ensures that the standards for vegetation clearance around power lines consider the impact of fire on electrical infrastructure and the risk of loss of electricity supply to the community.

INQ195 REC195-0336 C - Response 20 - Role of police 28

Victoria Police, under the auspice of the Regional Emergency Response Plan, lead a task force to ensure that the Princes Highway is treated as an asset of significance and an appropriate risk-based approach is adopted to minimise the impact of fire.

INQ195 REC195-0324 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 16

The Fire Services, in consultation with media outlets, develop a more effective strategy for informing the community of Total Fire Ban days.

INQ195 REC195-0323 C - Response 14 - Incident Mgt Teams 15

Incident Controllers ensure that Emergency Management Teams consider, provide advice, and manage the broader consequences of actions, such as reopening roads, the resumption of public transport and school buses, and the welfare of those impacted by traffic management points.

INQ195 REC195-0322 C - Response 7 - Inter-agency communication 14

The Fire Services investigate the reported technical communication issues for this fire

INQ195 REC195-0310 E - Agency Organisation 16 - Training and behaviour 2

The Fire Services Commissioner ensures that there is a comprehensive understanding of the State Command and Control Arrangements for Bushfires in Victoria across the Fire Services.

INQ195 REC195-0311 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 3

The Fire Services ensure that agency specific operational procedures fully align with the arrangements.

INQ195 REC195-0312 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 4

The Fire Services Commissioner ensures that joint fireground command and control, integration and escalation procedures are developed, particularly for ‘fastrunning’ fires

INQ195 REC195-0313 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 5

The Fire Services expedite programmed work on joint operational command and control, including standards, procedures and training

INQ195 REC195-0314 E - Agency Organisation 16 - Training and behaviour 6

The Fire Services enhance and increase joint training and exercise programs at all levels of command and control, including the State Control Centre. (These programs need to enable volunteer participation.)

INQ195 REC195-0315 C - Response 14 - Incident Mgt Teams 7

The Fire Services, as part of the regular review of Incident Management Teams – Readiness Arrangements, reassess current resource sustainability and identify opportunities for a more flexible application.

INQ195 REC195-0316 C - Response 14 - Incident Mgt Teams 8

The Fire Services continue to develop fire behaviour analysis and predictive science capability by ensuring the Fire Behaviour Analysis Team is appropriately resourced with accredited staff and available to provide services to the IMT.

INQ195 REC195-0317 C - Response 14 - Incident Mgt Teams 9

The Fire Services ensure that an incident action plan (summary) is developed in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure J3.03.

INQ195 REC195-0318 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation 10

The Fire Services develop a joint protocol for each Fire Service to notify the other of fires reported from fire towers

INQ195 REC195-0319 C - Response 7 - Inter-agency communication 11

The Fire Services introduce systems, procedures and operational training that promote information sharing and consistent situational awareness at every level, including to and from the fireground. This should include agencies such as police members on duty at roadblocks

INQ195 REC195-0320 E - Agency Organisation 12 - EM agency and authority 12

The Fire Services continue working towards a common and integrated information and communication platform to improve interoperability at state, regional and local levels.

INQ195 REC195-0321 C - Response 7 - Inter-agency communication 13

The Fire Services move towards a common and more disciplined approach to fireground communications.

INQ195 REC195-0337 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education 29

DSE enhance community engagement programs in East Gippsland to ensure that local communities are more informed about the complexities and interdependencies of prescribed burning and encourage local input.