Chief Executive Update

  Comment Banner July 2010

As some of you will already know, the National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC) - the new body which replaced the Australian Emergency Management Committee (AEMC) - had its first meeting in Canberra in April. The membership of this new committee has been broadened to include representatives from both the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and the Emergency Management (EM) sector from each jurisdiction.

I am partnering with Sandie Pitcher from DPC as the South Australian representatives. Meeting twice yearly, NEMC has been established to 'strengthen the nation's disaster resilience by providing strategic leadership on nation-wide emergency management policy through supporting related capability and capacity development activities'. As such, NEMC has a much broader role than the body it replaced, and has four standing sub-committees. Amongst other things, NEMC will be responsible for developing a Disaster Resilience Strategy for Australia. The emergency service sector is well represented at NEMC with Annette Ferris, SAFECOM Director, Community Resilience, on two of the sub-committees - Community Engagement and National Capability Development, and the Disaster Resilience Strategy Writing Team. I chair the Risk and Mitigation sub-committee with Mark Dawson, SAFECOM Manager Strategic and Risk Management Services, as our jurisdictional representative.

David Place - medium portrait

In other sector news:

  • The SA Fire and Emergency Services Sector Strategic Plan 2010-2015 will be launched by the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Michael Wright MP, on Thursday, 29 July. Some of the major strategies include: 
    • Increase collaborative training across the sector
    • Develop and implement a sector asset management plan
    • Standardise (where possible) policies, procedures, equipment and appliances
    • Develop common response standards and performance measures
    • Develop a Volunteer Workforce plan.

  • We await with interest the findings of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission with the final report expected to be released next month (August). Meanwhile, the South Australian Government has allocated an extra $12.9 million over the next four years to continue increasing bushfire awareness and boosting community education around the PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE. strategy. This year's Bushfire Awareness Week will be held from Sunday, 10 October through to Sunday, 17 October.

  • The nationwide search for a replacement for Stuart Macleod, the retiring Chief Officer of the SES, is well underway with an announcement regarding his successor expected soon. Stuart retired in May this year after 44 years of continuous service.

  • Finally, we have made some changes to the way we communicate with our external stakeholders. This publication - COMMent - will in future be distributed quarterly in March, June, September and December. We have also introduced a new monthly email called Board Update which, as the name suggests, provides timely information on the key topics discussed at each SAFECOM Board meeting. The combination of these two publications will ensure that you are kept fully informed about key SAFECOM issues and initiatives.

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