Emergency Management

Local Emergency Management Committee

The Shire has plans and structures to bring together government, voluntary and private agencies in a coordinated way to deal with major emergencies through its Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC). 

This committee is made up of representatives from the Shire, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Department of Communities, Western Australian Local Police (WAPOL), State Emergency Services (SES), Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (VBFB), Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services (VRFS), St John Ambulance and local businesses.

The LEMC meets quarterly to discuss the Shire’s current emergency services, preparation plans in the event of any emergency and how to assist the community to recover from such an event.

The LEMC is responsible for the development and exercising of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements and the Local Recovery Plan.

Local Emergency Management Arrangements
Local Recovery Plan 2022

Bush Fire Advisory Committee

The most significant risk for the Shire is bushfire. To manage and mitigate this risk, the Shire has established a Bush Fire Advisory Committee (BFAC). This committee is made up of representatives from each Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (VBFB) in the district, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services (VRFS), Shire staff, Councillors, the Shire's Community Emergency Services Manager, Department of Biodiversity; Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). 

The BFAC is a Committee of Council which meets twice per year to coordinate the Shire's plans for bushfire control, preparedness, response and mitigation as well as recommending the appointment of Fire Control Officers (including the Chief Fire Control Officer) to Council.

The Shire has a significant focus on mitigation and has carried out significant works which can be seen on the outskirts of Pingelly, protecting the town and lives from encroaching bushfire. The Shire has developed a Bush Fire Mitigation Plan which it is currently implementing. 

Bush Fire Mitigation Plan