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Bushfire Preparedness Program 2: 2010 - 2014
As CFA makes its way toward the next fire season, the Victorian Emergency Services sector is coming through a period of reflection and review of the past two fire seasons. The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission delivered their final recommendations on July 31 and the State is still underway developing their response.
The benefits of this period of reflection, in my view, are two-fold. Entering the next fire season, Victoria's fire services will work from the most deeply considered approach to bushfire planning available to date, which can only result in a safer and more prepared community.
Informed too by these recent events is the continuing work on the second Bushfire Preparedness Program (BFPP2). Since May this year, CFA and our partners from across the state have worked through a period of intense consultation and engagement to this point we are at today, where the BFPP2 program is beginning to take shape.
Within the BFPP2 Program 2010-14, CFA and our service delivery partners will be able to effectively measure how the level of bushfire preparedness improves in Victorian communities.
Additionally, targeted information within projects such as Advice to Property Owners, Community Fireguard and FireReady Victoria publications mean we will be able to meet specific community need.
BFPP2 draws from a solid foundation created by the hard work of our people during the first Bushfire Preparedness Program (2009-10), and the extensive consultation and engagement process which has been occurring all across the state in the last three months.
CFA CEO Mick Bourke noted at a recent CFA HQ briefing, a key point of difference between the first and second BFPP Programs is the shift from bushfire preparedness to ‘community response readiness' over a longer lead time: funding has been allocated over a four-year period to achieve this.
As Director of Community Safety at CFA and Chair of the Steering Committee for BFPP2, I believe it is vital to keep our members and hard working volunteers up to date with this program and its achievements.
The BFPP2 Project Team will ensure information including program milestones, event information and callouts for feedback on the program will occur regularly through our dedicated CFA intranet pages and CFA Connect articles, the CFA Facebook page, and the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) website.
The importance of building relationships and working together, the focus of my last blog, remains relevant as we move into the ‘mobilisation' stage of the BFPP2 Program.