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Cricketers bat for fire safety
More Victorians will get the fire safety message this fire season thanks to a partnership between the Victorian Coalition Government and Cricket Victoria.
** Victorian Government media release **
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty and Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Tony Dodemaide today announced Cricket Victoria as a new partner in the Coalition Government’s fire safety campaign.
“This will be a great partnership, and over the summer we will have Victorian cricketers going into bat for fire safety,” Mr Delahunty said.
“This year we are telling Victorians to take action early – if you’re in two minds, you should go. Wait and it’s too late”.
Mr Delahunty said fire safety messages would be screened at the MCG during Test matches, beginning with the Boxing Day Test. These are vital messages that could potentially save lives.
“Top Victorian cricket clubs will be spreading the message as they play premier cricket matches throughout regional Victoria. We’ll also have emergency services volunteers in games around the state playing Cricket Victoria players, and the CFA will be at junior cricket matches throughout the summer.
“We will have the support of high profile cricketers including David Hussey, a batsman who has made more than 12,000 runs in the past decade. I am confident that we will get more people thinking about fire safety through this partnership. These are vital messages that could potentially save lives.
Mr Delahunty said that if conditions are hot, dry and windy, Victorians should remember that fires can start and spread quickly. Fire Danger Ratings and warnings are available on the CFA’s website and on local radio.
“We all have a responsibility to ourselves and each other to prepare for the fire season,” Mr Delahunty said.