FIRE RISK REGULATION

There is no single entity responsible for fire prevention and risk mitigation. As fire does not discriminate, there is no logic in planning separately for fire prevention in different land tenures (Esplin, Gill & Enright, 2003, p. 139).

The government, community and industry all have a role to play in preventing and reducing the risk of fire in the Latrobe Valley and elsewhere.

The final report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission explained the notion of shared responsibility for Victorian fire management, which is now reflected in both national and state emergency policy:

The Commission uses the expression “shared responsibility” to mean increased responsibility for all.  It recommends that state agencies and municipal councils adopt increased or improved protective, emergency management and advisory roles. In turn, communities, individuals and households need to take greater responsibility for their own safety and to act on advice and other cues given to them before and on the day of a bushfire (Teague, McLeod & Pascoe, 2010, p. 6).

Regulatory mechanisms in place to prevent fire include land use planning, municipal fire prevention and integrated fire management planning.