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Community resilience recognised
A CFA project that helped residents with local fire preparation information was awarded a "Judges Commendation" at the Resilient Australia Awards on Monday night.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Kim Wells presented the award to CFA for the grass roots project that involved trained ambassadors talking with local community leaders and special interest groups residing in high fire risk areas.
Community Information Guides (CIGs) were used as a tool to start conversations about personal responsibility and planning for fire.
The project took out the only award in the "State Government" category. Other entrants included Victoria Police, SES and the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.
Gwynne Brennan, Manager Community Resilience said that the award is a clear message that we are leading the field in our approach to building community resilience.
"This project is a great example of how we are working with local people to assist them to build their knowledge and preparedness and this will help save lives," she said.