Earlier today, I received an email from a customer seeking our support for the payment of Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade ("MFB") fees associated with a false alarm. This gave me the impetus to read Section 32D of the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act (Vic) 1958 that addresses these fees.
On further investigation, it became apparent that the Automatic Fire Alarm System had been isolated due to planned maintenance. When an alarm signal was detected, the personnel on site made a telephone call to the emergency telephone number "000", and reported a fire alarm.
In respect to this article, the main purposes of the changes to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958; and the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act 1958 are to “reflect current organisational arrangements and clarify the command structures applying at fires, to increase penalties and create new offences to mitigate risks that undermine effective emergency response and community safety and to modernise outdated provisions”
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.
Emergency Services Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (Vic) was proclaimed in Victoria on December 1, 2012.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA), provide general advice on a day of total fire ban.
Fire Restrictions can be applied across most areas of Victoria by CFA, when fire danger is high. Typically this is over the summer period of November through to April. Restrictions are applied in small areas at a time.