Fire management planning
Given the potential risk associated with fires, a strategic and integrated approach to fire management is a high priority.
Fire Management Committee
The multi-agency MEMPC for the Towong Shire has identified the need for a Fire Management Committee (MFMPC). This sub-committee is responsible for leading fire management within Towong Shire. It's part of a broader state and regional framework established under the Emergency Management Act (1986.
One of the MFMPC's key responsibilities is the development of a Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP).
This multi-agency sub-committee is led by DELWP and CFA and is currently chaired by DELWP. This sub-committee is currently developing the 2022-2025 Municipal Fire Management Plan.
Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP)
This plan aligns with the Hume Regional Strategic Fire Management Plan 2011-2021 and describes how regional authorities, local government, fire agencies and other relevant organisations can work together to effectively anticipate, respond to and recover from bushfire events affecting the Towong Shire.
The primary objective of municipal fire management planning is to protect life and property. It's a coordinated approach by a range of stakeholders to discuss, plan and manage fire in the community by adhering to a key tenet of emergency planning — Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Stakeholders contribute knowledge, experience, resources and capability and aim to achieve measurable fire management outcomes through agreed and achievable risk treatments.
The Municipal Fire Management Plan:
- describes our local environment
- identifies fire risks and vulnerabilities
- reduces the fire hazards within local communities via management strategies
- identifies ways to involve the community
- considers planning across municipal boundaries.