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Calling for innovative entries

By: CFA Media

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers, Honours & Awards

  10.52 AM 11 September, 2013

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With only a few weeks until entries close on 30 September, the Fire Awareness Awards throw a spotlight on some of Victoria’s most innovative fire projects.

One project still enjoying the benefits of last year’s RACV Insurance Fire Innovation Grant is the Forrest and District Neighbourhood House.

The annual Forrest Festival showcases fire-related local art, craft and performance including interactive displays and activities by the local fire and emergency services.

The fate of the beloved festival was cut short in 2011 when they could no longer fund the growing event.

Gillian Brew from the Forrest and District Neighbourhood House said the event simply couldn’t have run last year without the grant.

“We were really excited to receive the grant because it enabled us to continue the Forest Festival, as well as providing important fire awareness to our community,” Gillian said.

“The grant also meant we were able to lift the profile of the event with so many more people hearing about it through the media. We now have a bigger audience and more activities we can run during the festival.”

By raising the profile and having an increased number of people attending the festival, fire awareness was broadened in the community.

The Fire Awareness Awards are a collaboration between the state’s fire agencies – CFA, MFB, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and the Fire Services Commissioner. Submissions are judged on how successful they are in reducing the effect of fires in Victoria.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said now was the perfect time for Victorians to share their hard work and achievements by entering the 2013 Fire Awareness Awards.

“Award applications can come from volunteers, community groups and professionals, whose dedication goes beyond the expected call of duty,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Fire awareness is about more than just bushfires, it is about preparation, prevention, response and recovery from all fires. I encourage all contributors to fire awareness to apply for recognition of their extraordinary efforts.”

RACV Insurance is a proud long-term sponsor of the Fire Awareness Awards and also offers the RACV Insurance Fire Innovation Grant of up to $10,000 to assist with fire projects.

Winners will be announced at a presentation evening on Wednesday 4 December at the RACV City Club in Melbourne.

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- Community Preparedness Award

- Recovery Award

- Multicultural Award

- Youth Award

- Aged and Disability

- Education Award

- Fire Services

- Media and Communications Award

- Industry/Service Award

- Building/Construction Award

- Product Design Award

- New and Emerging Information Technologies Award



There are two types of grants on offer; the RACV Insurance Fire Innovation Grant of up to $10,000 and three Special Incentive Grants each valued at up to $2,000. The grants are available for new projects or to further develop an existing fire project.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013