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CFA joins Crime Stoppers to reduce arson risk
Crime Stoppers Victoria is once again calling on Victorians to reduce the risk of bushfire arson this summer with the launch of its 2016-17 reckless and deliberately-lit fires campaign.
The campaign, launched in conjunction with Emergency Management Victoria and with the support of CFA, Victoria Police and DELWP, aims to educate the public about the risk of bushfire arson, including both deliberately lit and recklessly lit fires.
“We really want to emphasise to the public that it’s not only deliberate bushfire arson that causes death and destruction.” said Crime Stoppers Victoria Community Manager Chris Plumridge.
“Activities that can seem harmless at the time, like grinding and welding or having a campfire on a Total Fire Ban day, can cause just as much harm to the community, and are subject to some very heavy penalties,” he said.
Gregg Paterson, Deputy Chief Officer of Training, said Victoria can expect significant grassfire risk this summer as extensive spring growth dries out, creating high fuel loads across the state.
“CFA takes a zero tolerance approach to illegal fires whether they are deliberately lit or recklessly lit, or whether they are on your property or somewhere else.” Gregg said.
“Suspicious fires and hoax calls take hard-working volunteer members away from their families and workplaces and staying alert for risky or suspicious behaviour is another way the community can look after each other."
“We wholeheartedly support our colleagues at Victoria Police and Crime Stoppers in asking the community to be our eyes and ears.”
In addition to television and radio advertising, CFA will be hitting the road with Crime Stoppers to promote the campaign to local news media in bushfire arson-prone locations.
Over 50 per cent of all bushfires in Victoria are arson related, so ensuring the public is educated about the risk of reckless and deliberately-lit fires is critical to minimising the risk of bushfire.
“If you see smoke or flames you should ring 000 immediately. But if you see activity or behaviour that could potentially lead to a bushfire, whether reckless or deliberate, please call Crime Stoppers so we can pass that information on to police,” Mr. Plumridge said.
“Your call is confidential and your information could save lives.”
The campaign roadshow began with the Northern Grampians and Wimmera, and will continue across the state through a further 11 of Victoria’s most arson-prone locations, including the Yarra Ranges, Geelong, and Latrobe Valley.
Remaining Roadshows include:
20/01/2017 – 12pm
24/01/2017 – 10am
24/01/2017 – 2pm
31/01/2017 – 12pm
The Cube Courtyard,
01/02/2017 – 2pm
Tarwin Pop Up Park,
07/02/2017 – 12pm
13/02/2017 – 10am
Lilydale Lake, Lilydale
13/02/2017 – 12pm