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Bushfire safety auslan video

By: CFA News

Category: Community Safety, People

  4.53 PM 22 March, 2013

Location: General

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Victoria’s fire agencies in partnership with VicDeaf have produced a video publication in which an Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreter provides a general overview of fire risk and fire safety in Victoria, and outlines what people can do to prepare for, and respond to, the threat of fire. 

With one in six Australians affected by hearing loss, it is essential that everyone has a way to access bushfire safety information and warnings. 

Vicdeaf Chief Executive Officer Chris Mathieson applauded the commitment of Victoria's fire services to providing accessible information in Auslan and captions for Victoria’s deaf and hard of hearing population. 

“The Victorian fire services have set an example of how emergency services agencies can be inclusive and accessible and Vicdeaf, through our interpreting and video production departments, was pleased to help produce these resources,” she said.

“The more emergency services information deaf and hard of hearing Victorians can access, the better prepared we will be in the lead up to and during times of emergency.” 

The video acts as a starting point for those who are deaf and hard of hearing and we would encourage anyone who would like more information about being prepared for fire to contact CFA.

The Victorian Bushfire Information Line – an important source of updates during major bushfires as well as information for bushfire preparation and planning – can be accessed through the National Relay Service (NRS). If someone is already set up with NRS and live in a high bushfire risk area, they should keep the Victorian Bushfire Information Line number handy.

Additionally, if anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing would like to attend a Community Meeting (Fire Ready Meeting) or Bushfire Planning Workshop or any CFA-run meeting or activity they can contact their local District office and request an Auslan interpreter. CFA will organise for an interpreter on request for any of these preparedness programs.

CFA also provide Home Bushfire Assessment Service visits for residents who are deaf or hard of hearing – check with the nearest CFA regional office.

For more information on NRS call their Helpdesk on 1800 555 660; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit

The Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) 1800 240 667 provides 24-hour information during major bushfire incidents. Throughout the year, VBIL also offers bushfire preparation advice.

To report a fire, call Triple Zero (000).  TTY users should dial 106.


Last Updated: 02 June 2016