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City Of Bayswater

Emergency Management

The City of Bayswater Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) is a Committee established under State Government emergency management policy specifically to be involved with management of community related emergencies.

The LEMC consists of representatives from the City of Bayswater, Local Police (Morley and Bayswater Police Stations, West Metropolitan Police District, State Emergency Service (Regional and Local), Fire and Emergency Service Authority (FESA), State Emergency Service (SES) Department for Child Protection and has three community representatives. The Committee meets on a regular basis to plan strategies to prevent emergencies occurring and to be prepared when they do occur. Part of the preparation is the holding of emergency exercises to test the efficiency of the operational procedures of agencies responding to an emergency and to make improvements where necessary.

The LEMC conducts an approach to emergency management that is abbreviated to PPRR – Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

Prevention

Prevention activities eliminate or reduce the probability of occurrence of a specific hazard. They also reduce the degree of damage likely to be incurred.

The City, in conjunction with the LEMC actively promotes measures to prevent or minimise the effects of emergencies within the municipality. These measures include the enforcement of Legislation and Local Laws relating to Town Planning, Building, Fire Control and Environmental Health. Activities such as the Fire and Emergency Services Stormsafe Campaign and the Smoke Alarm campaign are promoted each year usually prior to the winter season.

Preparedness

Preparedness activities focus on essential emergency response capabilities through the development of plans, procedures, organisation/management of resources, training and public education.

The City and Statutory Authorities actively promote preparedness for emergency situations by:-

(a) Preparing Plans.
(b) Training emergency service personnel.
(c) Fostering volunteer emergency service groups.
(d) Fostering liaison and exercises between emergency services.
(e) Fostering public awareness programs.

The City of Bayswater regularly hosts Community Information Forums on topical issues related to emergency management details of which are promoted in the local press, libraries, recreation centres, senior citizens centres and the Council’s recorded message service.

Response

Response activities combat the effects of the event, provide emergency assistance for casualties, and help reduce further damage and help speed recovery operations.

The City will make its staff and resources available for response to emergency situations. The Local Community Emergency Management Arrangements details the general response by the City in support of the Statutory Authorities. This document  can be seen by opening the following link: (Local Community Emergency Management Arrangements).

Recovery

Recovery activities support emergency affected communities in reconstruction of the physical infrastructure and restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical well-being. During recovery operations, actions are taken to minimise the recurrence of the hazard and/or lessen the effects on the community.

In the event of a large scale emergency or disaster affecting the community, full resources of the City, in conjunction with other government departments, will be directed towards rapid restoration of services and facilities. The City actively promotes disaster counselling and welfare services to those in need.

The City of Bayswater Local Recovery Arrangements details the arrangements of the City in managing the recovery process following an emergency. This document can be viewed by opening the following link: (Local Recovery Arrangements)

Smorgon Steel Fire Final Report

The Smorgon Steel fire that occurred at 34 Jackson Street, Bayswater between 4-6 December 2004 was by far the most severe industrial fire that the City has experienced. The stockpile of material on site burnt for 3 days before being brought under control by fire fighters. The resultant smoke plume extended for over 20 kms and changed direction several times. Once the fire had been brought under control the handover to the City of Bayswater Local Recovery Coordinating Committee (the Recovery Committee) was immediate. The Committee has since been dealing with ongoing issues in relation to environmental contamination with the aim of restoring the site to the pre-fire condition. The final report of the Recovery Committee summarises the key activities of the Committee and makes recommendations towards prevention of similar fires in the future. The report can be accessed via the following link:

(Smorgon Steel Fire Final Report of Recovery Committee)

Further information regarding the activities of the Local Emergency Management Committee can be obtained by contacting the Committee's Executive Officer on 92704120.
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