Residents in the Grampians region can witness first-hand the decision-making behind bushfire responses with the aid of a sophisticated fire modelling system, in a live demonstration this Wednesday in Snake Valley.

Together with the CFA (Country Fire Authority) and Pyrenees Shire Council, Forest Fire Management Victoria will be at Snake Valley Hall on Wednesday 20 March to talk through, step-by-step, their response to hypothetical fires while DELWP’s Phoenix RapidFire modelling software is displayed on a screen to assist in the process.

Emergency response experts will be present in a panel while a facilitator poses scenarios and questions to them at every stage of a hypothetical fire in the region. The Department of Health and Human Services and Victoria Police will also be in attendance.

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Midlands District Manager, Jasmine Filmer, says the demonstration is designed to show residents the reality of bushfire response: how a fire in their area would impact on their movements and bushfire plan on any given day.

It is part of DELWP’s Safer Together program to approach bushfire management from risk reduction rather than a hectare target, and includes working with councils and shires, the CFA and the community and measuring success.

Developed by DELWP, the University of Melbourne and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, the world-leading Phoenix RapidFire model analyses information about weather, topography and vegetation to help fire behaviour analysts predict bushfire behaviour and spread.

Join us

Sausage sizzle from 6pm, community meeting from 6.30pm.

875 Linton-Carngham Road, Snake Valley.

Page last updated: 29/03/19