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Major emergency management reform
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells has welcomed the commencement of the new overarching body for emergency management in Victoria, which commences work today.
*Victorian Government Media Release*
- New overarching body for emergency management in Victoria commences today
- Napthine Government delivers another major milestone for emergency management reform
- Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria.
“Today marks another major milestone for emergency management reform in Victoria with Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) starting its life as the new central body, responsible for coordinating emergency preparation, response and recovery in Victoria,” Mr Wells said.
“The Napthine Government’s White Paper into emergency management acknowledged the need for a central organisation to lead an integrated and sustainable emergency management system in Victoria.
“This is about moving towards an all-hazards, all-agencies approach to emergency management in Victoria.
“The most significant change to the way emergencies are managed in Victoria begins today in what are the first major reforms to emergency management in Victoria for 30 years.”
EMV is tasked with ensuring Victoria is fully prepared for future emergencies and able to recover more quickly from their impacts.
Mr Wells said with EMV now in place, Victoria’s Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley becomes Victoria’s first Emergency Management Commissioner.
“As Emergency Management Commissioner, Mr Lapsley will take an overarching management role during major emergencies to ensure a systematic and coordinated response,” Mr Wells said.
“It will be his job to ensure there is no duplication or overlap of roles.”
Speaking at the 2014 Emergency Management Conference in Melbourne, Mr Wells said that from today the role of Inspector-General for Emergency Management would also commence.
“The Inspector-General will progressively monitor the performance of the emergency management sector and identify opportunities for improvement,” Mr Wells said.
“The Inspector-General’s work will help provide the government and the community with confidence in the state’s emergency management arrangements.”
Clint Saarinen will be the acting Inspector-General until a permanent appointment is made in the coming months.
“Alongside the creation of EMV, our reforms will encourage further interoperability between emergency management agencies and resilience within the community,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said in addition to these important reforms, the Coalition Government has also provided record funding to Victoria’s emergency services.
“The Coalition Government has provided more funding to Victoria’s fire agencies than any previous Government and is committed to ensuring our emergency services personnel have the tools, resources and support they need to do their job,” Mr Wells said.
“Additional funding has strengthened Victoria’s emergency response capabilities and provided our agencies with vital resources and improved equipment that will assist in protecting lives and property.”
Mr Wells said the reforms would support emergency management in Victoria well into the future.
“The broad suite of reforms will ensure Victoria’s emergency management system provides the best possible response to future emergencies in the state,” Mr Wells said.