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Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority capability and service review: final report

The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) plays a critical role in Victoria’s emergency management response model. This review considered all aspects of ESTA’s operating model and assessed ESTA’s capabilities against the core services it delivers.

Year one Fire Services Reform Implementation Plan

The 2017 Fire Services Statement articulated the Victorian government’s vision for the reform of the state’s fire and rescue services. This report outlines the government's commitment to the Fire Services Statement and a shared course of action.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Peter Dutton says 250 have been charged with arson. But the data tells a different story

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton says a spike in arson offences was to blame for this season's devastating bushfires. But there is no evidence to show arson was even moderately responsible.
Fact sheet

Fact Check Fact File: Some Coalition MPs say that arson is mostly to blame for the bushfire crisis. Here are the facts

Social media is rife with claims that unprecedented levels of arson, not climate change, is the main cause of this season's bushfires. But what does the data show?
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Jodi McKay says the NSW firefighting budget is facing a $40 million cut. Is that correct?

As bushfires burn across NSW, social media has lit up with claims that the state's firefighters had their funding slashed. But NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says her Government has in fact provided record funding.

Women in fire management: action plan 2019–22

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is committed to increasing gender diversity in its workforce, particularly in our fire management business, where the number of women involved has been traditionally low. This plan describes the objectives, priorities and actions to help achieve the vision.

Report on government services 2019: Emergency management - Chapter 9 Emergency services for fire and other events

The focus of performance reporting in this chapter is on emergency services for fire events. Descriptive information is included on emergency services for other events, with performance reporting to be developed for future Reports.

Inquiry into the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 - final report

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 to among other things, restructure Victoria’s fire services.

Report into allegations of conflict of interest of an officer at the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board

A case of nepotism so blatant as to beggar belief has been uncovered at the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board by the Victorian Ombudsman.

A review of the MFB Employee Support Program (ESP)

This report, authored by Dr Peter Cotton, found that the issues uncovered in the review of firefighters in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) are not dissimilar from the findings of other inquiries into emergency service organisations like the police or the ambulance service. The Executive...

Report of the special inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona fire

The January 2016 Waroona Fire caused significant damage, particularly to the town of Yarloop, and resulted in the tragic loss of life. The Government of Western Australia committed to managing bushfire-related risk and continuously improving the state’s capabilities to prevent, mitigate and respond to major...

Inquiry into the CFA training college at Fiskville: final report

Terms of Reference: Received from the Legislative Assembly on 23 December 2014: That, under s 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, an inquiry into the CFA training college at Fiskville be referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee for consideration, inquiry and completion...
Conference paper

Temporal and spatial patterns of fire incident response time: a case study of residential fires in Brisbane

Research on response times has received limited attention due to restrictions in data access. This paper addresses this gap through investigating the spatial and temporal dynamics of residential fire incident response times in the Brisbane Statistical Division (BSD), Australia.

Drawing a line, building stronger services

Current emergency management reform is focused on working as one and achieving greater interoperability in the emergency management sector. The fire services must seize opportunities to work more closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), and...