Fire Season Regional Briefing 2012/13


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Briefing for emergency personnel ahead of the 2012/13 fire season in Victoria, Australia

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  • Key ThemesThese themes are not addressed in detail in this presentation (apart from Predictive Services and Products) as they will be discussed in depth in the scenario workshop
  • FireWebFireweb is a website that is DSE’s primary source of integrated fire management information. http://fireweb/default.asp or on networked computers just type firewebor firewebtraining(all as one word) into the browser address barParts of the site (including weather) are open to anyone on a computer connected to the DSE or CFA network (e.g., computers at ICCs, fire stations) whereas others are only accessible by registered users. For access to the open areas, simply close the login box that appears when Fireweb opens.DSE users can register for access through the ‘Register’ link at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left hand side. Access for other agencies is currently a work in progress.The passwords of all registered users have recently been reset and can be updated by clicking “Forgot Password?” on the login page.
  • SafetyRole of the Safety Officer is to be the Incident Controller’s “Quality Assurance” person with regards to incident safety. Safety Officer to apply a risk management approach to incident safety by checking that proper processes are in placeRequired to be appointed to all Level 3 IMTsDoes not have power of veto.Is not the OH&S contact. Is an IMT focussed role but may visit the fireground if IMT safety-related systems and processes are OK.See SOP – J3.04 Safety OfficerRisk Controls include:Apply the processes in the Hazardous Tree Pictorial Guide (in IMT toolbox)Integrate treatment into plans and systems of workOnly appropriately accredited fallers are to fall trees, CFA has adopted policy of leaving hazardous tree ID and falling to DSE.Briefing visiting crews (e.g. urban and interstate/international firefighters ) about local hazards and provide close local supervision.Applying agency fatigue management proceduresIssuing Fireground Information Updates and Red Flag warnings (See Handbook p65-67)For those on the fireline where the risks change continuallyCompetency, equipment, good supervision so that the person is safeContinuous monitoring of risk by firefighters and review of their actions so that they maintain their own safety. (see Handbook p 60-64).
  • eMapOne mapping platform across DSE and CFA which replaces FireMap and EIMS Mapper (Formal notification of this will occur 17-21 September 2012)DSE and CFA have adopted the AFAC endorsed Australian All Hazard Map Symbols for this fire seasonPhoenix bushfire spread model, simulates bushfire spread for DSE and CFA bushfires. Predictions approved by Fire Behaviour Analysts viewable in eMap.Fire scan- infra-red image of bushfire or floodSatellite hotspots – Terra and Aqua satellites pass over Eastern Australia twice daily. They have infra-red sensors which detect hot spots.eMap Field is used for capturing field data and a redundancy for network outages.New multi-scale digital map backdrop used for the first time (Mapscape)Resource tracking for Aircraft and DSE first attack dozersHigh quality map printing from A4 - A0 page sizes.Joint Training will begin from 10 October 2012. To be officially launched during Fire Action Week.
  • Fire Season Regional Briefing 2012/13

    1. 1. 2012/13 Pre Season BriefingsVersion 3.0- October 2012
    2. 2. 2011/12 Fire Season Review  Significant rainfall throughout 2011 contributed to the potential for an elevated grassfire risk- the same is expected for 2012/13  Total Fire Bans were declared in parts of the state on 9 days (3 of these were revoked)  Significant Incidents – NuPlex Industries chemical incident (Wangaratta): 19 December 2011 – Port of Portland Hazmat Incident: 18 February 2012 – Floods (North East and Gippsland): March 2012  2011/12 Post Season Review Report2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    3. 3. Key themes The following key themes will be addressed in the scenario workshop:  Predictive Services & Products  Integrated Initial Attack  Transfer of Control  Warnings and Advice  Evacuation2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    4. 4. Seasonal Outlook Seasonal Outlook – Spring outlook available on the BoM website – Drier and warmer than normal season expected – Summer outlook issued by BoM in November – Refer to BoM website and FireWeb for latest information prior to and during Fire Danger Period.  Bushfire CRC Fire Note - Southern Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2012-13 – Available on the Bushfire CRC website – Southern Australia is likely to have normal or above normal fire activity during the 2012-13 fire season.2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    5. 5. FireWeb Weather SectionRegister(DSE only)2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    6. 6. Safety  The fireground is an OH&S workplace of the control agency- but safety is everybody’s responsibility.  Actively manage safety. At large and level 3 incidents: – Appoint a safety officer – Establish the Medical Services Unit so that OHS incidents and reports are promptly addressed – Specifically address safety in the Incident Action Plan and every briefing  Watchout for unacceptable risk and put controls in place. Unacceptable risk may include: – Crews working near areas of hazardous trees – Using crews unfamiliar with local or general bushfire risks – Long hours and tours of duty2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    7. 7. Command and Control Arrangements Major changes  Preparedness (seasonal) and Readiness (short term) arrangements separated and clarified  The arrangements are generic and the arrangements of individual agencies are not included (e.g. role of Duty Officers)  State and Regional Control Teams now include the Recovery Coordinator/Manager and the SES Commander  Emergency Management Teams at each tier (incident, regional and state) specifically include the Health Commander.2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    8. 8. Standard Operating Procedures  Revised Joint SOPs: – J2.03 IMT Readiness Arrangements – J3.01 Determining the Control Agency – J3.08 Appointment of Incident Controllers – J4.01 Incident Warnings and Advice  Revised FSC SOP 02/2012- Reporting of Significant fires/emergencies to Fire Services Commissioner2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    9. 9. Aircraft  State Fleet comprises 42 contracted aircraft – Includes three contracted Light Fixed Wing recce aircraft  Nominated Operational Bases (NOB’s) selected based on matching aircraft with risk  Aircraft will position to Fire Readiness Locations as needed based on forecast outlook and localised risk.  For further information on Aircraft for this season please contact Adam Lawson – Manager State Aircraft Unit (03) 9412 48882012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    10. 10. Provision of Warnings to the Community  24/7 warnings support via the SCC (03) 9262 8779  Location based Emergency Alert- Telstra only for 2012/13  OSOM multilingual warnings − Greek - Arabic − Chinese - Vietnamese − Italian  CFA/RFS cross border messaging  Vulnerable persons register − Web based registers − Available by Summer 2012 − Accessible to Victoria Police2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    11. 11. Sirens  In May 2012 the State Government released a policy for the Use of Sirens for Brigade and Community Alerting  Under the Policy, if a siren is activated, the sound will have one of the following meanings: − BRIGADE - A short, 90-second signal will alerting fire brigade members to attend emergency callouts. − COMMUNITY - A prolonged, 5-minute signal will indicate an emergency in the local area and people should ‘seek further information’  A pilot will be undertaken at selected sites this summer (locations still being decided)  The focus is to provide the ability for three levels of activation: − Automatically through OSOM or EA warnings platforms − EAS paging system − Manual activation2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    12. 12. Fire Agency Access Through TMPs  White CFA Volunteer stickers are no longer available and replaced by CFA Member photo ID cards  Bushfire Information Card has been re- issued with no changes  CFA-DSE Formal Identification Sheet has been re-issued with no changes  Guidelines for the Operation of TMPs during bushfires has been re-issued with no changes2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    13. 13. eMap  Replaces FireMap and EIMS Mapper on a common platform  Uses Australian All Hazard map symbols  Includes Phoenix, Firescan and satellite hot spots  Includes field data capture (offline) tools  Live data feeds including road closures, weather, resource tracking and river heights  New map backdrop used (Mapscape)  High quality map printing2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    14. 14. State Resource Request System  Resources Unit members at Incident, Regional and State level can submit, action and track requests for additional resources during major incidents and planned burning.  All Resources Unit personnel, as well as those involved in the dispatch of appliances, must complete an online training session to ensure that they are familiar with the system.  For further information (including access) refer to page 46 in the Handbook2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    15. 15. Community Information Guides (CIGs)  Formerly known as Township Protection Plans  Current TPPs remain valid for distribution  Future guides and those available on the CFA website will be updated to CIGs  Also available by calling VBIL2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    16. 16. Local Response Plan- Bushfire  Combines existing Bushfire Response Plans and Township Planning Factors into one document to reduce duplication.  Developed by brigades with support from the local Group, CFA regions, other emergency services and the municipality  Contains local information to enhance initial bushfire or grassfire operational planning, preparedness and response  Located on the X drive (CFA ICC drive) and the Emergency Management Drive (R Drive) reference/documentation/region/Township Planning Factors.2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    17. 17. Community Fire Refuges  Community Fire Refuge pilot underway  Three pilot sites at East Warburton, Millgrove and Ferny Creek (all in District 13, all using new structures on primary school campuses)  Pilot to test policy, practices, procedures, building performance, operational issues, community engagement2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    18. 18. Additional Information  Victorian Fire Agency Bushfire Handbook- Edition 2  IMT Toolbox  FireWeb  Agency Intranet sites  FSC website  SCC Extranet  Pre Season Update2012/13 Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012
    19. 19. Further Information  A follow up survey will be emailed to you about 1 week after this briefing.  This presentation will be available on the FSC website and the Emergency Management Drive (R drive).  For further information, please contact: − CFA (Jane Schendzielorz – − DSE (Gary White – − MFB (Mark Swiney – − SCC (Cain Trist - − FSC(Tony Murphy – Regional BriefingsVersion 3.0 – 5 October 2012