VICTORIA'S fire chief is keen to apply for the new role of emergency management commissioner next year.The Emergency Management Victoria commissioner will oversee control arrangements for all of the state's major fires, floods and other emergencies under changes announced by the government yesterday.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley leads the three fire services - the Country Fire Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade - and controls major fires.
He said he would be keen to apply for the role of Emergency Management Commissioner next year.
"Most certainly I would be interested to take the next step," Mr Lapsley told reporters today.
"It's about the broader influence in making sure that what we have learnt in fire is now spread across flood, storm and other emergencies."
Mr Lapsley said the chiefs of the CFA, MFB, DSE and State Emergency Service all work well together and the days of "turf wars" were over.
"I don't tolerate turf wars," he said.
Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan said he would detail the selection process for the new commissioner early next year.
"Craig Lapsley is eminently competent and demonstrably does his job very well," he said.
The comments were made at the State Control Centre in Melbourne, where staff were undertaking the latest disaster training drills ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.