The briefings are coordinated through the office of the Fire Services Commissioner, and are being held at 17 locations around the state over the next two weeks.
About 150 delegates attended today’s one-day session and workshops at the Buninyong Golf Club near Ballarat. It opened with a message from Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsely, who emphasised the importance of maintaining safety on the fireground as well as the safety of the community including vulnerable community members, and visitors within an incident area.
He said incident management teams must continue to place a priority on detailed information to the community that’s timely, relevant and tailored to assist community members make informed decisions about their safety.
At the Grampians briefing in Buninyong, CFA District 15 Operations Manager Geoffrey Gray and DSE Fire Program Manager Hamish Webb co-hosted the briefing. Several recorded video messages were introduced with a report from the Bureau of Meteorology advising that Victoria is likely to have a warm and dry spring. The Bureau will announce its summer outlook for the state in November.
Parks Victoria, SES, Victoria police and local government also attended today’s briefing.
WIN TV, the Ballarat Courier and ABC radio attended the briefings and interviewed CFA Deputy Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic and DSE’s Hamish Webb.