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2010-11 Fire Season: Time for action
A big thankyou in advance to all of you who will participate in Fire Action Week this October.
At the time of writing, CFA is working hard with our partner fire agencies, government departments and the wider community to encourage all Victorians to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
The focus of Fire Action Week is around increasing the capability of our communities to create successful personal bushfire survival plans.
We're urging everyone, no matter where they live, to learn more about fire and make use of the many products and services available to help plan for their individual fire risk.
Fire Action Week 2010 will no doubt prove to be a great example of the incredible change and hard work undertaken by CFA and our service delivery providers in the last twelve months.
Moving ahead, our updated Community Safety materials and training will be more relevant than ever as we prepare the community for the coming season.
We're working closely with our partnering agencies to create Victoria's Bushfire Safety Policy, which is a real landmark for our state, and I encourage you to have a read of it later this month when it is announced.
I'm setting out on my annual Community Safety Road Show with the Chief Officer also in October and already hearing extremely positive feedback from the field on our efforts, which is extremely motivating.
Many other Community Safety activities will keep teams and communities across the state very busy in the kick off to the season, including:
Illuminated by Fire, one the largest state-wide arts residencies ever initiated in Victoria will be launched on 15 October. Produced by Regional Arts Victoria with input from CFA members, the exhibition is taking place over a period of 18 months and explores what it means to live with fire. For more information visit http://www.rav.net.au/
CFA and the Building Commission will launch the joint flagship publication ‘Retrofit your Home for Better Protection from Bushfire', which can be ordered at http://www.buildingcommission.com.au/ or by contacting CFA Community Safety on 9262 8416.
CFA and Dairy Australia will launch the ‘Prepare your Dairy Farm for Fire Threat' Toolkit, which includes a planning template and instructional video.
Also: Community Safety staff at HQ recently received an interesting briefing on the latest adult and child burn stats from Yvonne Singer of the Alfred Hospital Burns Unit, which I encourage you to check out on CFA Connect.
I look forward to catching up with you as many as I can in October's Community Safety road show.