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CFA educates and entertains in 2013
CFA Member April Himmelreich and her famous show with Captain Koala and Beeper the smoke alarm are set to rock the Knox Festival in Ferntree Gully this Saturday, 2 March 2013.
April who is also one of the 2013 Queens of Moomba, has had a fantastic summer taking her ‘April and Captain Koala’ show to high risk bushfire areas all around Victoria to both entertain and educate people on a range of simple fire safety messages.
The show is designed to be a fun, interactive and educational experience for children between the ages of four and 10 to learn more about fire safety, and what the important things are to know when living in or travelling through high danger areas.
There's also an opportunity for parents to meet and engage with local brigade members, to ask questions and receive information while the kids are busy getting photos with characters from the show.
April has been taking this show on the road since Christmas time last year, and is a hugely important ambassador not only for the shows, but for CFA in general. “CFA is always looking for new ways to get the message out to communities about the dangers of bush fires. These shows offer more than just information in a brochure. They offer a fun and enjoyable experience where kids can gain an understanding of some of the more simple fire safety messages, while parents can also take away some of the more complex advice and information” says April.
The shows are set to continue throughout the year at various large community focused events, and April also hopes to be able to take it to shopping centres during the Easter school holidays. Click here to see April in action at one of her shows in Olinda at the Ridge Top Emergency Services Expo in February.
While these shows are a great opportunity for communities to learn more, they also provide support for local brigades to build stronger relationships with their communities. As this fire season continues on into March, building closer relationships between brigades and communities through engagement activities like this are essential to CFA’s mission to further educate people around planning and being prepared.