January 2009 - Page 3


From The Board

  Update from the SAFECOM Board meeting held on Thursday 29th January 2009


Strategic Services

  1. Strategic Planning Framework

The Board has endorsed a Strategic Framework for the Sector. Under the Framework, which builds on the Strategic Direction, agencies will be able to demonstrate how their daily work dovetails with a sector-wide vision, goals and strategies.

The Framework, which was developed by a cross-sector planning team involving David Launder (MFS), Mick Ayre (CFS), Matt Maywald (SES), Martin Smith, Mark Dawson and Cathie Brown (all SAFECOM), has shared key focus areas, goals and strategies across all agencies. Agency success indicators have also been revised and many are common.

The vision, as written in the Strategic Direction document, has been enhanced to include the words 'more resilient' communities recognising the changing focus within the sector. The vision now is:

"Working together to build safer and more resilient communities."

The key focus areas and shared sector goals are:

Key Focus Areas

Shared Sector Goals


Develop and implement a common direction and shared goals based on community need

Prevention and Community Preparedness

Minimise the likelihood and consequences of emergencies through regulation, support and education

Operational Preparedness

Be prepared to provide excellent emergency services to the community


Provide a response service that minimises the effects of emergencies on the community


Provide a recovery service that reduces the social and economic impacts of emergencies

Business Excellence

As a sector, excel in service delivery effectiveness, innovation and efficiency.

All four agencies will be reporting to the Board on a quarterly basis against this framework, starting in February. The current agency monthly reports will no longer be needed and will be replaced by a brief highlight report.

The next steps will involve members of the cross-sector planning team explaining the framework within their agencies and working to integrate existing agency planning with the framework. There will also be wider communication of the framework across the sector in the coming months.


2.    Board Committees

The Board has agreed to establish four committees to drive cross sector initiatives that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the sector.

The committees are:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Prevention, Community Preparedness and Recovery
  • Operational Preparedness and Response (with a sub-committee of Training)
  • Business and People Excellence (with two sub-committees - Finance, and Audit and Risk Management)

The committees have been structured to broadly line up with the Key Focus Areas in the Strategic Planning Framework.

The committees won't perform agency work or be involved in matters which are agency-specific.  Rather, they'll be forums where cross-sector issues can be discussed and actioned collaboratively. 

Each Committee will provide a highlight report on its work to the SAFECOM Board on a quarterly basis and also provide papers and recommendations on specific issues when appropriate.

Each committee will be chaired by a member of the Board and provided with executive support by a SAFECOM Division.  The Board will determine Committee chairs at its next meeting.  Terms of Reference will be developed for each committee in conjunction with the Committee's chair.


3.    Emergency Service Delivery Standards

The Board has endorsed the project plan for developing Emergency Service Delivery Standards for the sector.

The Board recognises that the sector needs to allocate our resources and direct our prevention efforts on a risk rather than historical basis.  Having Standards based on risk will enable Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery efforts to be targeted where they are most needed.

The project will be run over four stages with the key deliverables being as follows:

  • Stage 1 - developing categories of common fire fighting and rescue scenarios
  • Stage 2 - developing appropriate responses to common scenarios in terms of resources and prevention
  • Stage 3 - determining where risks occur using mapping data and risk profiles
  • Stage 4 - producing draft Emergency Services Delivery Standards on a Statewide Basis.

It is planned that Stage 4 will be completed by December 2009.

A working party with representatives from the CFS, MFS, SES and the associations and unions will provide advice to the project.  The membership is currently being finalised and the plan is for the working party to start meeting in February. 

The project is being managed by Cathie Brown, Strategic Services Director, SAFECOM.



Free Seminar

Reflections on Community Safety and Disaster Recovery in Canadian First Nations Communities


Mr Blaine Wiggins

Executive Director

First Nations Emergency Services Society


Staff interested in Emergency Management and remote indigenous communities are invited to attend a short seminar.

Blaine will be discussing aspects of community safety and recovery in the context of his work with Canada's First Nations Communities. Blaine leads an organisation that provides emergency services and planning advice to many remote communities across British Columbia.  As such he is directly involved with working with First Nations on achieving their safety goals, before and after emergencies.


Wednesday 18 February

(9.30 am for 10.00 am start -12.00 noon

Radford Auditorium Room, SA Art Gallery

North Terrace in between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road


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