Earlier this year, the Victorian Government proclaimed changes to the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act (Vic) 1958 and the Country Fire Authority Act (Vic) 1958.
These changes introduced new laws that made it an offence to "damage or interference with fire indicator panel or other apparatus". The fines related to this can be levied against anyone and could cost as much as about $9,000.00.
From 1 July 2013, the Victorian Government will require councils throughout Victoria to collect a Fire Services Property Levy on their behalf in conjunction with their standard property rates.
Currently, insurers are required to contribute to the cost of operating the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority. The insurance industry passes the cost of this contribution on to policy-holders through an amount in their insurance premiums, known as a fire services levy.
I follow various fire safety news feeds to keep abreast of the problems associated with fire and related emergencies throughout the world.
Over the past week there has been a lot of press from the United Kingdom about a fire in Camberwell, London at Lakanal House. Lakanal House a 14 storey residential apartment building was constructed in the late 1950's and completed in the the early 1960's. On July 3, 2009 a fire in an apartment on the 9th floor caused six people to die and 20 people were injured.
Emergency Services Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (Vic) was proclaimed in Victoria on December 1, 2012.