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Have your say: Draft Municipal Fire Management Plan

Published on 03 May 2019
  • Community
  • Emergency management
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To outline how our local emergency services work to mitigate, and if necessary respond to, a bushfire or fire emergency, a Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP) has been developed. This plan has been recently reviewed and your feedback is now invited.

The draft Municipal Fire Management Plan 2019-2022 (MFMP) includes the requirements and the procedures for emergency mitigation, operations and associated relief and recovery arrangements in Maroondah, in the event of a fire emergency.

The draft MFMP will be available for community comment until 31 May 2019. Feedback will be collated and then presented to the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee in late June.

Maroondah Mayor Councillor Rob Steane said the MFMP identified potential fire hazards and ways to reduce the risk to the community and the environment.

“As for each municipality throughout the state which is subject to the risk of bushfires, the City of Maroondah is required to prepare and submit a draft MFMP to the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) for their endorsement prior to submission to Council for its adoption,” Cr Steane said.

“Our region has several high bushfire risk areas. It is therefore important that Council and emergency management agencies continue to collaboratively develop and refine procedures and systems to plan, prepare, respond and recover from emergency events,” he said.

“Fire management planning 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 limiting fire damage is the extent to which fire management planning measures have been carried out before the event of fire,” Cr Steane added.

The MFMP will be reviewed and updated annually to ensure it incorporates any new strategies, programs and tools developed to meet Council, emergency service agencies and community needs and expectations in relation to fire.

The MFMP is a sub-plan of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP), which addresses the prevention of, response to, and recovery from, all emergencies within the municipality.

To provide feedback on the draft MFMP or for more information:

Consultation closes 31 May 2019

For further information please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4598.

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