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2016 Fire Awareness Awards now open
The 2016 Fire Awareness Awards are now open, with individuals, community groups and organisations encouraged to submit innovative projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria.
On any given day across the state, people are working tirelessly to deliver projects that help make our communities safer and more resilient before, during or after a fire occurs.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Acting Chief Fire Officer Darrin McKenzie said the community-focused awards program was a great opportunity to recognise the extraordinary efforts of those who deliver this important work.
"The awards give us a chance to highlight the amazing work of every day Victorians who go out of their way to protect homes, businesses, their communities and the environment from fire."
"Fire impacts us all in different ways – from the threat of bushfire, a house fire, planned burning activity, or the effects fire can have on a business or industry. It is part of life in Victoria."
The awards are managed by Victoria’s three fire agencies – Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Country Fire Authority (CFA) and DELWP – and proudly supported by RACV Insurance, ABC Local Radio and Emergency Management Victoria.
"There are ten unique categories that individuals can enter, demonstrating the breadth of work and contributions that happen at all levels across the emergency management sector. Judges will be looking for initiatives that have had a positive impact at a local level for local communities."
- Access and Inclusion
- Community-led Preparedness
- Community-led Prevention
- Innovation and Design
- Fire Services – Local-led Prevention and Preparedness
- Fire Services – Partnership
- Fire Services - Project of State Significance
RACV, a long term supporter of the Fire Awareness Awards, provides a $10,000 award to the best entry delivered by community groups, schools, not-for-profit organisations, volunteer or individuals from community categories. There are also three special incentive grants of $2000.
General Manager RACV Insurance, Paul Northey, said RACV has a long history of supporting its members and their communities in fire affected areas and is proud to be associated with the Fire Awareness Awards, which includes the RACV Insurance Award for Excellence.
"RACV Insurance sees first-hand the devastating impact that fire can have on peoples’ lives, and we are pleased to be involved with such a meaningful initiative to encourage groups and individuals generate ideas and initiatives that are focused on fire prevention, response and recovery," Mr Northey said.
"RACV believes that communities can increase their level of resilience by working with their emergency services to identify and implement practical ways to help reduce the risk of fire and other natural perils. These awards further support such initiatives."
In 2015 Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group was the joint winner of the RACV Award for Excellence for a project that demonstrated how traditional Aboriginal burning practices can play a role in managing vegetation on both private and public land.
President of the Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group, Peter Serpell, said winning the award had been fantastic to demonstrate innovative, community focused work happening at a local level in North East Victoria.
"Entering the awards has given us the opportunity to highlight a great community initiative that we are really passionate about. We are proud to have sparked interest into how traditional aboriginal fire burning practices can complement our modern practices to reduce fuel loads," he said.
Entries for the 2016 Fire Awareness Awards close 15 September 2016. Recipients will be announced at a presentation evening on 1 December 2016.