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CFA keeps 'Bus-y' over holidays

By: Sheona Urquhart

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  3.44 PM 16 January, 2013

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CFA keeps ‘Bus-y’ spreading fire safety message over holidays.

When planning a holiday, a person’s ‘to do’ list is usually comprised of the following:

-       Source accommodation

-       Dig out the local restaurants

-       Pack boardies and thongs.

-       Don’t forget Aeroguard!

One thing that is too commonly forgotten on the average holiday goer’s list is ‘be familiar with local conditions and fire danger ratings.’

With the holiday season in full swing, Chief Officer Euan Ferguson identified that often people from city and suburban areas will holiday and camp in parts of regional Victoria that are very bushfire prone.

“Because these areas and conditions are unfamiliar to visitors they may not be aware of this risk, meaning they are unprepared for the threat of fire” he said.

The CFA Mobile Education Units have donned a new look and are taking fire safety holiday tips to tourist hot-spots across the state, popping up at visitor information centres, truck stops, outdoor malls and car parks.

Difficult to miss, the buses act as a ‘one stop shop’ for people to chat to trained presenters, actively use the CFA website and FireReady app on computers and iPads, learn about Fire Danger Rating signs and gather advise on what to do on high risk or Total Fire Ban days.

Driver/Presenter Robert “Toddy” Small has been blown away by the response. “People have been drawn to the bus and have been downloading the FireReady app to their phones whilst inside it.”

“It’s amazing how much people are really keen to learn about the risks of the area they’re in.”

Since Christmas, the buses have completed over 25 presentations, engaging with over 2,000 holiday makers in locations such as Lorne, Echuca, Phillip Island, Daylesford, Little River, Bendigo, Mallacoota, Healesville and Lakes Entrance. The road show will continue across all regions until schools recommence in February.

So, if you’re out and about these holidays and you stumble across one of our buses – come and have a chat, grab a Frisbee and learn how you can ensure yours and your family’s safety this holiday season.

Last Updated: 16 January 2013