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Report name
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season - Phase 1
Lead agency
EMV - Emergency Management Victoria
Due date
February 2021
IGEM considers that this action has been implemented
Recommendation theme
Recommendation 15: Emergency management capacity
Recommendation details

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria collaborate with the emergency management sector to develop a capacity model that considers current and future:
a)    career and volunteer emergency management personnel requirements
b)    identified and trained personnel for surge requirements
c)    emergency risks and climate scenarios.


EMV has appointed critical roles following the response to the 2019-20 fire season. The creation of the Cross-Border and Preparedness Operations Manager and a Strategic Communications Manager are part of the first steps in addressing gaps identified.

Summary of progress

EMV has appointed a Cross-Border and Preparedness Operations Manager and State Strategic Communications Manager to help address staffing gaps.

At the time of reporting, the Cross-Border and Preparedness Operations Manager has begun work on assessing existing cross-border mutual aid agreements for emergency management (refer to Action 16.1 on page 124 of IGEM's 2021 report).