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District 2 Operations Manager's Intent - 2014/15

By: District 2 News

Category: Operational Information

  11.25 AM 8 December, 2014

Location: District 2 News

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The following points are to provide direction and guidance to all District 2 members in the response to, and management of incidents, consistent with the State Controllers strategic control priorities.

The safety of personnel is to be considered a priority over all other outcomes.

  • Everyone comes home.
  • Take action to prevent incidents.
  • Report the occurrence of incidents/near misses.

Incident Controllers are to consider public information and warnings a priority.

  • What do the public need to know
  • What action do you want the public to take
  • Who is the target audience
  • What is the best method of communication

Incidents Controllers are authorised to make decisions, and direct all incident resources/personnel on the fireground.

  • Make a decision based on the situation that is presented to you.
  • Deploy resources based on your knowledge of the situation.
  • Everyone is there to support you to manage the incident.

Incident Controllers are to set clear objectives, and ensure they are communicated to, and understood by incident personnel.

  • Develop a plan.
  • Communicate your plan.
  • Clearly communicate your objective.

Strategies & tactics should focus on heavy weighted attack for the direct control of fires, and the timely demobilisation of resources.

  • If you think first attack resources will be insufficient, escalate early.
  • Escalate fireground management structure, ie sector commanders.
  • Be prepared to task additional resources.
  • Consider the use of, and escalation of, aircraft in strategies.
  • Release resources when no longer required.

Incident Controllers are to ensure the early communication of concise information from the fireground to key support personnel.

  • Fuel type & Size – Grassfire/bushfire, hectares, length and width.
  • Location, Direction
  • Assets lost, Assets under threat
  • Likelihood of success
  • Resources required
  • Requirement for warnings
  • Contact person & method – communications plan, mobile phone.

Groups are to support the management of incidents.

  • Empower the incident controller.
  • Prepare for, and carry out critical support tasks delegated by the incident controller.
  • Prepared for the transition of some or all management functions to an LCF/ICC.

Groups should be prepared to operate without external support for 24 hours.

  • Circumstances may determine that groups have to operate in a standalone environment.
  • Incorporate such an event into preparedness planning.


Last Updated: 08 December 2014