Safety is top priority

March 21, 2018

Roll-out: VicRoads and CFA have both pledged their support to the roll-out of flexible safety barriers across the state’s highest risk roads.

VicRoads and CFA have pledged their support to the roll-out of flexible safety barriers across the state’s highest risk roads.

As part of the CFA mission to protect lives and property from fire and other emergencies, the installation of safety barriers is a key road safety initiative.

The barriers and other road safety treatments aim to help prevent crashes, reduce the number of deaths on country roads and reduce the number of call-outs emergency agencies are required to attend.

Chief executives from CFA and VicRoads met two weeks ago to address some remaining concerns from local brigades.

A forward plan is now being delivered including the following actions:

●VicRoads will conduct detailed mapping of the barriers which will clearly identify the location of access breaks, emergency crossover points and interchanges;

●maps will be compatible with Triple Zero systems (ESTA) to assist all emergency services in effectively planning for and responding to incidents on roads where safety barriers are installed;

●VicRoads will develop training materials that can be incorporated into training sessions delivered by the CFA, equipping volunteers and members with the skills and expertise to respond to emergencies;

●where VicRoads is installing barriers at the top 20 sites identified by the Towards Zero action plan, VicRoads has committed to further consultation by attending all local Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee meetings in those regions; and

●VicRoads acknowledges the CFA’s interest in ensuring the management of fuel loads on road reserves. VicRoads will continue to install regular maintenance breaks along the barriers to facilitate the delivery of a continued roadside maintenance schedule.

Many of these activities are well under way, with the two authorities working together to ensure the barriers continue to save lives, while allowing firefighting staff and volunteers to respond safely and efficiently to emergencies.

Flexible safety barriers are proven to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes, the leading cause of deaths on country roads last year.

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