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The future of planned burning
CFA and VFBV are conducting a study into the barriers faced by brigades getting involved in planned burning, and the support they need to become more involved.
The study will begin with an optional brigade survey and the results will be used to inform CFA’s Vegetation Management Program, which works to reduce the red tape associated with planned burning.
Vegetation Management Team Leader Owen Gooding says that planned burning is an often under-reported and unrecognised as part of Victoria’s overall burn effort.
“CFA brigades have a long and strong history of involvement with planned burning to protect their communities. It’s recognised as an essential activity to reduce bushfire intensity, firefighting requirements and the impact on life and property,” Owen said.
“There’s now increasing government and community expectations about planned burning in Victoria generally, not just on public land, and we need to make sure CFA’s programs are providing the right support for our brigades.
“The aim is to identify options to improve the support provided to volunteer brigades and the knowledge will inform the Vegetation Management Program Plan for 2013 – 2015.”
The brigade survey will be open until Saturday 3 August, followed by further workshops, focus groups, analysis of legislation, risk, and equipment, training and system requirements.
“We’re running a survey for brigades already involved in planned burning as well as one for those with little or no involvement, and will be working with VFBV to encourage as many brigades as possible to participate. The more participants and brigades represented the better,” Owen said.
“We’re looking for a good grassroots understanding of the various issues involved for brigades participating in planned burns, which might include volunteer availability, access to training, skills maintenance opportunities, and equipment and resourcing requirements.”
Links to participate in the survey:
If you have further questions or would prefer a hard copy of the survey contact your brigade administrative support officer, vegetation management officer or VFBV district council representative.