Appointment of Roles
Municipal Emergency Management Committees are supported by Municipal, Deputy Municipal and Municipal Recovery Coordinators. Municipal and Deputy Municipal Coordinators are nominated by a Council and appointed by the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management under the Act 2006.
The positions are held by a person nominated by the Council, usually a staff member. A Municipal Recovery Coordinator is appointed by the Council’s General Manager. In the absence of a Recovery Coordinator being appointed, the Municipal Coordinator is also the Municipal Recovery Coordinator.
The Municipal Emergency Management Guidelines (MEMG) details, click to reveal:
The requirements and process for the appointment of a Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator and Deputies and Municipal Recovery Coordinators
The functions and powers of a Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator and a Municipal Recovery Coordinators
When a Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator may act in the office of Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator role includes, but is not limited to :
- Assist and advise the relevant council, Municipal Chairperson and the Regional Controller
- Ensure resources of the relevant council are coordinated and used as required for the establishment and coordination of evacuation centres and recovery centres in the municipal area
- Ensure instructions and decisions of his/her own, and those of the Municipal Committee, Chairperson, and Regional Controller are transmitted and carried out.
The Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator is also a ministerial appointment who can act for the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator when he or she is:
- Absent from duty or not in Tasmania
- Unable to perform the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator duties OR is temporarily not appointed, e.g. has resigned.
Specific Roles- Municipal Recovery Coordinator-MRC
The recommended process for confirming appointment for a Municipal Recovery Coordinator is by the General Manager of the council.
A Municipal Recovery Coordinator has the following functions, for the purposes of the planning, review and implementation of recovery processes, in respect of the municipal area for which he or she is the Municipal Recovery Coordinator prior to, during or subsequent to the occurrence of an emergency within the municipal area, to ensure that :
These are in place to implement recovery processes, including the establishment and coordination of evacuation centres and recovery centres.
The instructions and decisions by the Municipal Committee, Municipal Chairperson and Regional Controller are transmitted to, and adequately carried out by, persons to whom they are directed or relate.
Role of a Municipal Emergency Management Committee in Response
The Tasmanian Emergency Management Arrangements detail the role of Municipal Emergency Management Committee members during the response phase of an emergency as:
- Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, provides advice within their field of expertise to the Regional Controller. Consequence management constitutes a key theme for the provision of such advice
- Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, provides the coordination and management of resources from their respective organisation in support of the Regional Controller
- In general it is expected that the MEMC will only have a limited operational role during the response phase. The response is expected to be provided by Council staff via the General Manager and the Municipal Coordinator.