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Victoria Fire Investigation Inter-Agency Agreement

By: Nicole Harvey

Category: Operational Information, Partnerships

  1.48 PM 19 August, 2016

Location: General

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The Victorian Fire Investigation Inter-Agency Agreement was recently reviewed and updated. This Agreement has now been formally endorsed and signed by the agencies involved in fire investigation in Victoria. 

The following agencies are signatories to the Agreement:

  • Coroners Court of Victoria
  • Victoria Police
  • Emergency Management Victoria (EMV)
  • Country Fire Authority (CFA)
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB)
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
  • Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)
  • Work Safe Victoria

The Victorian Fire Investigation Inter-Agency Agreement outlines the roles and responsibilities of the agencies in the areas of:

  • Investigation of fires
  • Evidence collection
  • Fire trends
  • Serial arson
  • Agency integration
  • Electrical and gas-related fires
  • Information sharing
  • Media

This updated document articulates the agreed working arrangements between the Victorian agencies and organisations which have roles and responsibilities in the investigation of fires. 

Although a particular agency may have primacy of an investigation, a collaborative team approach by all agencies is seen as best practice. 

The benefits of an all agency integrated approach to fire scene examination and investigation include:

  • Greater productivity and efficiency using existing resources
  • Improved inter-agency cooperation
  • Increased detection, apprehension and conviction rates
  • Reduction in the incidence of arson
  • Cost savings to the community
  • Better intelligence sharing
  • Increased data holdings
  • Earlier identification of fire trends
  • Early identification of product-related fault
  • Identification of other fire causes
  • Improved training and cross training techniques
  • Improved reporting rates and processes.

A copy of the Victorian Fire Investigation Inter-Agency Agreement has been placed on CFA Online/Brigades Online at Fire & Emergencies > Fire Investigation for information purposes.

State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey

Last Updated: 19 August 2016