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CFA welcomes Emergency Management Victoria

By: Mick Bourke

  11.00 AM 1 July, 2014

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Emergency Management Victoria (EMV), the overarching body for emergency management, coordination of emergency management policy and implementation of emergency management reform, officially commenced operations today. 

Headed by Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, and Acting Chief Executive, Neil Robertson, this statutory entity is responsible for the overall response to major emergencies – before, during and after – and for coordinating the management of the consequences of emergencies. 

More specifically, the Commissioner is also responsible for planning, risk mitigation, relief and recovery, and culture change, to ensure the sector works effectively and together with the community.

On behalf of all in CFA, I would firstly like to congratulate Acting CEO Robertson and Commissioner Lapsley on their appointments and also wish their team all the very best as they commence their planned program of work.

We are excited by this next phase in our emergency management journey which in fact began together, some four years ago. This is not just about starting something new; but rather about all key agencies working together to learn and build from our collective experience.

This is a significant step forward for Victoria’s emergency management reform. Since 2009, the emergency management sector has been working together to build the foundations for an emergency management system which is sustainable, effective and delivers the best possible value to the community. 

The role of Inspector-General for Emergency Management also commences today. The acting Inspector-General Clint Saarinen will progressively monitor the performance of the emergency management sector and identify opportunities for improvement. 

CFA looks forward to working closely with Commissioner Lapsley and his team to improve the State’s fire and emergency management systems and its response and recovery to major incidents.


  • Visit the Emergency Management Victoria website
  • For more information visit the Inspector-General for Emergency Management online 
  • See today’s Victorian Government media release 
  • See EMV’s first Update from today


Mick Bourke


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