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1 Consultation and Development of a new Emergency Services Act Michelle Smith 4 November 2012 WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference 2012 Review of the Emergency Services Acts Regional Roadshow February – April 2013 Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

2 Consultation and Development of a new Emergency Services Act Michelle Smith 4 November 2012 WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference 2012 Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services Agenda:  History of the legislation  Reasons for review  Background  Review process  General categories to consider  Making a submission

3 Currently:  Fire Brigades Act 1942  Bush Fires Act 1954  Fire and Emergency Services Act 1998 (formerly the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia Act 1998) Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

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5 Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

6 1942 Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services courtesy DFES Heritage Collection

7 Fire Brigades Act 1942 Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

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9 Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services courtesy DFES Heritage Collection

10 Bush Fires Act 1954 Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

11 1998

12 Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia Act 1998 (now renamed the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1998) Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

13 Reason for review:  Our current legislation is complex  It does not reflect the vital ways our emergency services organisations interact and rely on each other  Our aim is to make it simpler and more reflective of how we serve our communities today Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

14 Reason for review:  Recent major incidents have highlighted problems with the legislation Example: handover of control at the most critical point of an incident management of communications and evacuations Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

15 Background:  October 2006 – CDJSC’s Report on the Inquiry into Fire and Emergency Services Legislation Since this report… Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

16 Background:  Cyclones George & Jacob – March 2007  Boorabbin Fire – December 2007  Toodyay Fire – December 2009  Perth Hail Storm – March 2010  Kalgoorlie Earthquake – April 2010  Perth Hills & Lake Clifton Fires – February 2011  Margaret River Fire – November 2011 Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

17 Review process: 1.Preliminary Consultation (this phase) 2.Development of Draft Options Paper 3.Consultation of Draft Options Paper 4.Parliamentary Drafting Process Expected completion date: December 2015 Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

18 Preliminary Consultation:  This is truly a blank slate – information gathering  We are working with associations and agencies to coordinate submissions  Road shows, meetings, conference calls, s  Six month timeframe – November 2012 to April 2013 Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

19 Some General Categories to Consider:  Functions (who does what and when)  Powers (tools to help us do our jobs)  Incident Control (first on scene to escalation) Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

20 Some General Categories to Consider:  Career and volunteer protection  Training (cost, delivery, standards)  Fuel load management and enforcement (across the different land types) Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

21 Functions:  Clearly sets out agency functions to ensure that overlaps and potential conflicts can be recognised and managed Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

22 Powers: Identify and provide appropriate powers for agencies such as:  Emergency prevention powers  Emergency response powers (including evacuation)  Investigative powers  Inspection powers  Enforcement and compliance powers Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

23 Incident control:  Primary control of emergencies  Handover of control of bushfire  All forms of emergency – structure fire, road crash rescue, cyclone, marine rescue, etc. Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

24 How do we look after our volunteers?  What are the challenges and opportunities that arise within the changing landscape? Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

25 Training:  How do we address challenges and opportunities with regard to training career and volunteer personnel? Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

26 Fuel load management and enforcement:  Gazetted districts  DEC-managed lands  Unallocated Crown Land  Remote Indigenous Communities Hot Topics Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

27 We need and value your knowledge:  What do we mean by a submission?  Brief context – How did it arise?  Main issue/challenge/success  Comment/suggestion/solution  What are the ways you can make a submission? Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

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29 Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

30 Contact us: Michelle Smith A/Project Manager (08) Taryn Boot Administration Officer (08) DFES Legislation Review Emergency Services Complex 20 Stockton Bend Cockburn Central PERTH WA 6164 PO Box P1174 PERTH WA 6844 Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services

31 How do we keep you informed:  What are the best ways to keep you updated? Emergency Services Legislation Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services


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