Strategy and capability

Strategy and Capability is responsible for NTFRS internal training and staff development, Strategic Planning and Data Management, Community Fire Safety, Fire Alarm Monitoring, Community Engagement, Fire Investigation, Hazard Abatement and Capability Development.

The Command consists of 32 staff and are mainly located in Darwin.

Training and Development Command
Responsible for the development, preparation and conducting of all in house training, ensuring staff obtain the appropriate qualifications to advance to the next salary level and enable them to apply for promotion to the various officer levels in the NTFRS. Qualifications and training programs are in accordance with the NTFRS Career Path.

Strategic Planning and Data Analysis
This command is responsible for data analysis in relation to the NTFRS day to day function and the development of strategic plans based on the information obtained from the data analysis. The preparation of strategic plans is of paramount importance to the NTFRS and strategies for fire reduction, community safety, volunteer management and the NTFRS strategy plan have been developed over the past few years.

Community Fire Safety Command
The prime function of the Community Fire Safety Command is to compile building reports on new and renovated building at the plan stage and report on the compliance of those buildings with the Building Code of Australia. The section also carries out inspections for licence renewals e.g. liquor licence, entertainment licence and boarding house licence as well as basic fire safety inspections of other premises.

Fire Alarm Monitoring
The Northern Territory Fire Alarm Transmission System (NTFAST) monitors all fire alarms in the NT. This system is the only one of its kind in Australia and uses radio telemetry to monitor fire alarms rather than land lines. It is state of the art technology. Since its introduction the system has reduced the number of false alarms responded to by the NTFRS. The section includes two permanent technicians and one administration officer.

Community Engagement
Community Engagement is responsible for community education and the provision of fire safety information to the community. The section consists of one member who has responsibility for co-ordinating community education throughout the NT. They liaise with the various station OIC’s to get fire safety information into the community. The section is responsible for fire safety campaigns, school education for 5 – 7 year olds, fire safety displays at shows and shopping centres and the development of new awareness programs such as the Remote communities “Smart Sparx Fire Awareness Education program”.

Community Engagement also includes the NTFRS Juvenile Fire Awareness and Intervention Program (JFAIP) and is aimed at the 4 – 15 years age group. It is primarily a counselling program using trained firefighters to talk with children who have been identified as having issues associated with fire lighting.

Bushfire Mitigation
The Bushfire Mitigation unit is responsible for hazard abatement in the rural areas surrounding the major centres throughout the NT. The role of the bushfire mitigation officer is to ensure fire breaks are installed on crown land and private property in an effort to reduce the number of grass fires attended by the NTFRS and make those fires that are attended more manageable and less able to cause damage. The bushfire mitigation officer is also responsible for issuing infringement notices to those block owners who do not install a fire break.

Capability Development Command
This command is responsible for the development of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) capabilities within the NTFRS.

This command is also responsible for procurement of new equipment and major appliances, providing training notes for staff on new equipment and ensuring the maintenance of all operational equipment. The command is also responsible for breathing apparatus maintenance and hazmat equipment.

Fire Investigation
Fire Investigation is co-ordinated through the Capability Development Command. The Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) currently consist of day work staff who work on an after hours roster. The FIU investigate fires where the cause can not be identified or is of a suspicious nature.