MFMP - Introduction

Section 1 of the Municipal Fire Management Plan.

Amendment summary

Version number Amendment date Change/reason for change
01 March 2019 Date in Header updated to reflect current life of new plan.
Added paragraph in Introduction, and removed paragraph on purpose of MFMP.
Removed paragraph on VFFR urban environment.
Added sentence on authority of plan re Committee plan.
Other minor changes.

We live in a fire prone natural environment dictated by our climate of wet winters (which creates fuel) and hot dry summers. Fire management needs to be conducted with an understanding of both the role fire plays with the threats it can pose to life and property, in biodiversity maintenance and the management of our parks and forests.

Bushfires are a vital part of our natural environment, driving regeneration and maintaining the health of species and ecosystems. The combination of drought, climate change and unnaturally high fuel loads have created an unprecedented bushfire risk. The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the number, size and severity of bushfires in Victoria, evidenced by the 2003 Alpine, 2006 Grampians, 2006/07 Great Divide fires, 2009 Black Saturday fires and the 2018 Gippsland fires.

The City of Greater Geelong also has the complexity of a large city and several large townships surrounded by rural land. The greater risk at this time in relation to fire is the built environment where the vast majority of fires occur.

Multi agency Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee (MFMPC) members will co operatively develop collaborative planning including the aggregation of current plans as a basis for integrated Municipal Fire Management Plans (MFMP’s) through:

  1. the implementation of common planning models and methodologies
  2. allocation of resources and accountabilities
  3. participation in common decision making through the committee process
  4. collaborative delivery of fire management activities
  5. cooperative engagement.

The MFMP, as a sub plan of the City of Greater Geelong Municipal Emergency Management Plan, is risk based and has been developed using principles outlined in the Integrated Fire Management Planning (IFMP) Framework and Guide, and the Guidelines for Municipal Fire Management Planning part 6A: Emergency Management Manual Victoria.

Table 3: IFMP Alignment with AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009
Stage of the IFMP planning cycle Relevant aspect of the AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009
Risk Management - Principles and Guidelines
Engagement Plan Communicate and consult
Environmental Scan Establish the context
Risk Assesment > Analyse Identify the risk > Analyse the risk > Evaluate the risk
Decide > Publish Determine and document treatment
Deliver Treat the risk
Monitor and Improve Monitor and review

This plan seeks to capture the fire risks associated with the built environment that include the residential, retail and industrial precincts that are located throughout the municipality.

Where numbers of people gather or reside there is the increased risk of fire either through accidental or deliberate means.

Currently there are no approved tools available to assist Councils in identifying the areas of greatest risk or the scale of risk for the built environment, however this plan has relied on fire incident data for the municipality supplied by the CFA together with other available relevant data to inform this plan.

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Authority for Plan

This Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP) has been produced by and with the authority of the City of Greater Geelong Council pursuant to Section 20 of the Emergency Management Act 1986; and will be deemed to fulfil Section 55A of the CFA Act 1958. The MFMP is a sub plan of the City of Greater Geelong Council Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP). The Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee (MFMPC) is responsible for the preparation of the Municipal Fire Management Plan.

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Period of Plan

MFMPs have a three year planning cycle and this plan has been endorsed for a period of 12 months commencing from the date of Council adoption.

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Planning Process

It is acknowledged that the existing Municipal Fire Prevention Plan (MFPP) and the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMPlan) were developed using the principles of risk management and have undergone several reviews to ensure their relevance and that they meet community needs and expectations.

Figure 2 - Integrated Fire Management Planning process

Figure 2 - Integrated Fire Management Planning process

This plan addresses both public and private land across the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery continuum. The integrated MFMP will be reviewed and updated annually to ensure it incorporates any new strategies, programs and tools developed by the State Fire Management Planning Committee (SFMPC) and Barwon South West Fire Sub Committee to ensure it meets Council and community needs and expectations.

The initial planning process focused on a Municipal level identification and assessment of risks using the VFRR-B process predominately with a bushfire focus. The Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee (MFMPC) then validated this work, completed an analysis that resulted in a range of measures to mitigate the risk. These measures, or treatments, were then linked to the appropriate agency plans.
Initial development of the plan has been undertaken by representatives of the various agencies that comprise the MFMPC.  A list of the current membership of the MFMPC is at Attachment 6.1.

The MFMP is not designed to be a duplication of existing plans rather it is to consolidate and coordinate the significant range of plans that exist within City of Greater Geelong that relate to fire.

The MFMP will meet the requirements of Section 55A (Municipal Fire Prevention Plans) of the CFA Act 1958.

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Community and Organisational Engagement Process

The ability of a community to respond to a fire event and in turn recover from the effects of such an event will depend on the attitude and preparedness of the people affected.  Obtaining the preferred response from people during a fire event will require community and organisational engagement, education and awareness programs to be implemented for this purpose. 

Section two of this plan details the process undertaken in relation to stakeholder engagement and communications, including the implementation of the City of Greater Geelong MFMP.

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Disclaimer: No reader should act on the basis of any matter contained in this publication without appreciating that it may be the subject of amendment or revocation from time to time without notice. The Councillors of the City of Greater Geelong expressly disclaim all and any liability (including liability in negligence) to any person or body in respect of anything and of the consequences of anything done or omitted to be done by any such person or body in reliance, whether total or partial, upon the whole or any part of this publication.

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