Shire of Mundaring faces more potential natural disasters than most other municipalities due to a combination of its topography, history of natural incidents and soil types. The Shire was once entirely rural in character and wildfire was always the most prevalent threat to the community. Over the past 20 years subdivision of land has resulted in significant residential, industrial and commercial growth and an increased threat in the incidents of structural fire. Consequently, the Shire is recognised as a high fire risk area necessitating a dual response capability to deal with the threat of both structural and wild fire.
The Shire makes emergency management a priority and works in partnership with the community, agencies and other stakeholders in order to address risks that may affect the community, property and the environment.