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Bushfire planning morning

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  12.52 PM 30 January, 2014


Location: District 9 News, District 10 News

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CFA staff to meet with residents in the Churchill, Jeeralang and surrounding areas this Sunday (2 Feb) for a Community Bushfire planning and information day.

Media release
30 January 2014

CFA will be available to meet with residents in the Churchill, Jeeralang and surrounding areas this Sunday.

A Bushfire information display will be open next to the Churchill Community Hub this Sunday. CFA is inviting families to come and discuss their bushfire concerns and talk one on one about preparing a bushfire survival plan and preparing their properties.

CFA Manager Community Safety John Crane said “With very hot weather we are experiencing this summer and the amount of going fires across Gippsland an increased number of families are coming to CFA looking for information and advice”

“While we encourage everyone to prepare their bushfire plans early, it can still be done now. You cannot wait until you see smoke or flames. A 15 minute chat with the CFA about bushfire safety will help you prepare your home and family this summer” Mr Crane said CFA had previously organised to hold a “Community Bushfire Exercise” for local residents however with the expected increase in temperature and fire danger the event has been postponed.

“A community Bushfire exercise is an extremely valuable “Bushfire training session” for communities. People attend a workshop style event that spans several hours. They learn about how a bushfire might behave in their community, how to plan personally and as a community and how to respond to bushfire. Local volunteer firelighters and several industry bushfire experts work with participants. The exercise also includes a live bushfire simulation, something that participants find extremely informative and valuable. A number of these exercises have been delivered in Gippsland communities with attendance of over 100 people in many cases.”

“Unfortunately we cannot deliver these exercises on days of when the fire danger is Very High or above. Firefighters need to be ready to respond to emergencies, communities need to be alert. If it happens to be a day of total fire ban we cannot use the Bushfire Simulator and this really pulls all the training together. So this weekend we’ll work with families one on one and we will arrange a community bushfire exercise for these communities when the weather is on our side”, Mr Crane
concluded.

Families living in and near Churchill can meet with CFA this Sunday near the Churchill Community Hub in Phillip Parade, between 8am and 12 noon to get some one on one bushfire safety advice.

For more information contact :
John Crane
Manager Community Safety
M: 0400 839464

Last Updated: 30 January 2014