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Born out of necessity

By: Samantha Plater

Category: Community Safety, Operational Information

  3.33 PM 20 December, 2013


Location: District 15 News

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Many people may have missed the inclusion of the Burn Off Notification Line from CFA cards, But one captain from the Western Catchment decided there was a real need for it.

Frustrated that the brigade was turning out to fires where people were simply burning off without registering their burn, Captain Alan McCartney worked with his BASO Sam Wilson to produce small wallet-sized cards for residents to advise them of the need to register their burn with VicFire. A limited number of cards has been produced for distribution to brigades in D15, 16, and 17 as a trial, but the feedback so far indicates that the cards will be very well received.

“Many times when the brigade has been paged to attend a fire, we advised residents of the need to register their burn. But because the brigade couldn't leave them with a card for future use, the advice was often lost as they didn't remember for the next time, or when speaking to their neighbours/friends/relatives about their potential burn," Alan said.

Operations Officer Gavin Hope said, “It is a great initiative from the captain of Burrumbeet, Alan McCartney who has watched his idea grow.  This shows the knowledge and skill that is among our volunteers to think of these things.”

Last Updated: 23 December 2013