FutureWest Institute has been assisting Baptistcare to run desk-top bushfire emergency exercises throughout eight of their aged care facilities and retirement villages. This is an opportunity for staff and residents to test the capacity of their emergency management plans in response to a hypothetical bushfire incident. The facilities and villages are located throughout the metropolitan and regional areas and are part of Baptistcare’s commitment to meeting residents’ health and safety needs in the provision of aged care and retirement services. The exercises take into consideration current operational procedures, legislative requirements, resident characteristics and location of the facilities and villages. A report will outline the outcome of the exercises and make recommendations for improvements and changes to maximise Baptistcare’s response and preparedness to bushfire incidents.