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Land and Fire Management - DEPI's role
DEPI is one of several organisations responsible for reducing the threat and impact of bushfires to Victorians. For all Victorian fire agencies, the protection of life – fire fighters and the community – is the number one priority. DEPI is also responsible for managing public land with fire. This means using planned burning for ecological and risk management objectives.
Within DEPI, the Land and Fire Management Division is focussed on helping people, the natural environment and fire to co-exist. This means using a range of methods to prepare Victorians for bushfire and to reduce the frequency and impact of the large, landscape-scale fires experienced in Victoria over the last decade.
DEPI, together with Parks Victoria is the fire agency responsible for managing fire on Victoria’s public land.
The Land and Fire Management Division has a clear mandate for the immediate future; to increase the area of public land treated with fire (planned burns). This will reduce fuel loads and help manage future bushfire risk. This goal needs to be achieved whilst maintaining ecosystems and building resilient communities that are well informed and well prepared for living with bushfires - a constant and growing reality in Victoria.
There are around 1,000 staff in DEPI devoted to reducing the risk of fire, containing outbreaks and managing environmental effects in Victoria’s parks, forests and other public land. This number can grow substantially with nearly 2,000 additional and partner agency staff who are trained in fire fighting and support roles, and when seasonal Project Fire Fighters are recruited each year to support fire preparation and suppression efforts.
Most areas of DEPI’s fire business are impacted by the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission into the 2009 fires. Along with implementing the Commission’s recommendations, state budget commitments and delivering on corporate strategic priorities, we are well placed to put preventative actions in place to meet future bushfire challenges.