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Could your brigade be the next FAA winner?
Have you worked with your local community and developed a fire-focused prevention and preparedness initiative?
The 2016 Fire Awareness Awards are open and would like to celebrate your good work.
Last year CFA’s Diamond Creek Brigade won the Fire services Award for Local-Led Prevention and Preparedness for their New Parents’ Safety Program.
“We were looking for a new opportunity to teach fire safety messages to the community”, said Fiona Macken from Diamond Creek Brigade. “We approached the Maternal and Child Health Nurses at the MCH Centre in Diamond Creek who allowed us to come in and present to new parent groups on the issues of home fire safety, bushfire preparedness and safety, as well as prevention of burns and scalds in small children”.
The project delivered high quality, timely and relevant information to all new parents in the Diamond Creek area. Due to the success of the program, Fiona was invited to present to new parents groups across the Nillumbik Shire. In addition to this, other CFA brigades have adopted the program.
Fiona is very proud of the success of the project and says that “entering the awards gave us the opportunity to highlight the project, the benefits it has delivered to the community and encourage other brigades to run similar programs”.
Other examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, local-based fire service crews conducting fire safety workshops at the local shopping centre, speaking to high risk groups, working together with other agencies or community groups, placing information in local community newspapers, school newsletters, etc.
This award is open to CFA brigade members (volunteer and career), MFB firefighters on station and DELWP, EMV and Parks Victoria employees who have developed and led a community based project.
If you know about a community group who has delivered a successful project, please make sure to pass on the information as there are 6 award categories they might be eligible for.
Entries for the 2016 Fire Awareness Awards close 15 September 2016. Recipients will be announced at a presentation evening on 1 December 2016.