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Brigades doing their bit
CFA brigades have been working across the state to help their local communities better understand, and take action to reduce the risk of bush and grass fire this summer.
Thirty-six brigades have received funding support to run a variety of community engagement events including bushfire information sessions and open days, community hall events, attendance at emergency services expos, and visits to local schools.
Graeme Wall, Captain of Rushworth brigade is a great supporter of these engagement activities.
“This year we held our annual Christmas Eve Fete at the brigade to get the community involved. While we hold this event most years, the additional support we received meant we were able to advertise it to a wider audience, and have more people involved - young and old. It also meant we were able to have more information and resources to help our community better understand how to be prepared this season” said Graeme.
These face-to-face conversations are critical to helping Victorians plan and prepare for bush and grassfires, and are a fantastic way for communities to come together, and receive great information about how they can be better prepared during the bush fire season.
Alex Batty from Riddells Creek Brigade was also part of the community engagement activities attending the 6th Bushfire and Emergency Services Expo at Riddells Creek Primary School in November and reported a fantastic turn out.
“The event had more than 1,200 participants through the gates on the day, and all the feedback received was extremely positive. People were really interested to speaking with our guys about the Fire Ready program, and how they can be better prepared during the bush fire season. The brigade also received a number of new volunteer enquiries. Feedback from other exhibitors was also very positive with all of them requesting to attend again in 2013,” Alex said.
Community engagement and education are a major area of focus for CFA. With still many of these brigade activities happening over the next few months, and the fire season set to continue, the one on one interaction between brigades and communities has never been more important.
Well done to all the brigades involved!