Qld fire and Emergency Given an Edge

Queensland’s disaster response standards have been overhauled to give local governments, state and emergency service agencies greater capacity to respond to natural and man-made events.

The overhaul is the result of the wide-ranging Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Disaster Management Guideline, which will take effect in May.

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Developed by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) in conjunction with state and local government partner agencies, the document details the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in disaster management.

The guideline clearly spells out the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in a user-friendly format, ensuring they can effectively work together before, during and after an event.

It aims to provide end-to- end steps and procedures to be carried out in the event of a disaster, including prevention strategies, planning and preparation, and response and recovery arrangements.

Minister for Emergency Services Craig Crawford says when a disaster strikes, a range of agencies will now mobilise to respond to the situation at a local, district and state level.

He says that’s a significant improvement from the previous system that had been operating since 2013.

“The previous guidelines were developed in isolation of each other and focused on the specific functions of individual disaster management groups. This new approach involved contribution from all local, district and state agencies to address the needs of each group and ensure greater interoperability during a large-scale event.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche says a suite of resources will now be rolled out alongside the guideline to support disaster management agencies and staff.

“A toolkit made up of manuals, reference guides, forms, templates, maps, diagrams and handbooks will be available to use when needed.”

“It is essential in Queensland to have the knowledge, tools and resources readily available to effectively respond before, during and after an event.”