Teaming up to plan for fire

Mansfield Courier - - Property Guide -

MANS­FIELD Shire and the alpine re­sorts are no strangers to fire and with a very hot and dry sum­mer upon us, plan­ning for fire takes a very im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing the safety of our com­mu­ni­ties, re­sorts and en­vi­ron­ment.

The Mans­field Shire and Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling

Fire Man­age­ment Plan­ning Com­mit­tees joined forces at an in­au­gu­ral in­te­grated meeting on Jan­uary 21.

The new In­te­grated Fire Man­age­ment Plan­ning Com­mit­tee (IFMPC) is ex­pected to strengthen re­la­tion­ships and fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion in plan­ning for the preven­tion of fires across pub­lic and pri­vate land tenures for all types of fire.

Fire man­age­ment plan­ning aims to re­duce the im­pact of fire and brings to­gether the CFA, DELWP, Coun­cil, Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Board and BSL of­fi­cers along with other iden­ti­fied or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

The IFMPC mem­bers recog­nise that strong, es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ships sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to ef­fec­tive re­sponse and quick re­cov­ery.

Cr Marg At­t­ley chaired the in­au­gu­ral meeting and thanked all in at­ten­dance and high­lighted the im­por­tance of com­bined lo­cal ap­proaches.

“This new In­te­grated

Fire Man­age­ment Plan­ning Com­mit­tee sets an ex­am­ple for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween Mans­field Shire and the alpine re­sorts,” she said.

A key role of fire man­age­ment plan­ning com­mit­tees is to col­lab­o­rate on the de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of a Fire Man­age­ment Plan which doc­u­ments fire preven­tion, sup­pres­sion and re­cov­ery strate­gies for all types of fire risk to meet the needs of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The com­mit­tee will reg­u­larly re­view lo­cal risks and plan for mit­i­ga­tion and re­sponse.

The IFMPC will re­port up to the Hume Re­gion Strate­gic Fire Man­age­ment Plan­ning Com­mit­tee, which in turn re­ports up to a state com­mit­tee for re­gional and state plan­ning pur­poses.

IFMPC: Mem­bers of the In­te­grated Fire Man­age­ment Plan­ning Com­mit­tee who met for the first time last week. Pic­tured are (back row from left) Tony Lovick, Rob Gard­ner (CFA), Bryan Doyle (ARMB), Cr Marg At­t­ley, Snr Sgt Damian Kee­gan, Nick Reeves (BSL), Bren­dan Purcell (DELWP), (front row from left) Norm Free (EMV), Amanda Vogt (ARMB), Kirsten Alexan­der (ARMB), Sue Hare (coun­cil), Ste­wart Krelt­szheim (CFA), Louise Per­rin (ARMB), Ju­dith Mar­getts (ARMB), Roly Vella. Ab­sent: Mark Os­borne, Ellen Ho­gan, Imo­gen Smith, Me­lanie Hot­ton.

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