Bushfire emergency management planning

Developing a bushfire emergency management plan is essential for reducing risk in our community, protecting assets and complying with legislation.  

Reducing risk

Following the Victorian Royal Bushfire Commission enquiry into Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, a bushfire alert level of ‘leave early’ was introduced nationally to encourage communities to evacuate during the onset of a bushfire event. As a result, you may have a requirement to develop bushfire specific emergency management plans for vulnerable developments. Compared to other emergency management plans, these plans have specific bushfire requirements.

Clear and actionable management plans

Our accredited bushfire planners have extensive expertise in developing emergency management plans, ensuring information is presented in a succinct and concise manner. This enables emergency management duty officers and wardens to easily understand the procedural elements of the plan and successfully administer the initial response to a bushfire emergency event. 

At RPS, we take a pragmatic approach when developing an emergency management plan by first establishing the context of the emergency and qualifying the level of threat. Establishing and identifying bushfire scenarios and determining the likelihood and consequence of these events is key to this planning. 

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Best practice, always

In developing a plan we ensure the national standards are followed by using the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines Handbook and Australia Standard 3745-2010, and other guiding documents used in specific jurisdictions (for example, Planning for Emergencies in Facilities, and the NSW RFS Development Planning – A Guide to Developing a Bushfire Emergency Management and Evacuation Plan).

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