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District 2 Update - September 2015
This month's update includes information about some key activity taking part during pre-season as well as other important movements across the district.
- Brigade Community Safety Coordinators or a brigade representative were invited to particiapte in a meeting at Bendigo on the 9th of September, to provide them with information that may assits them in the role and discuss what support they may require. The meeting also enabled Volunteers to meet other Brigade or Group CSC's. There was also an opportunity for CSC's to view proposed treatments and provide comments.
- All municipalities in district 2 will have participated in the review of the Victorian Fire Risk Register (VFRR) by the end of September. There has been a change in some rating for various locations, which will be reflected in the summer community preparedness plan. Thank you to the Volunteers and Catchment Teams who supported this process.
- Planning for Summer Community Preparadness Education / Engagement activties in district 2 has been completed, and is currently under review by the OM and catchment teams. Brigades will be consulted via the elected CSC (or Captain, in lieu of an appointed CSC). A summary of activity is as follows:
|Street corner meetings||24|
- This year will see the implementation of the use of variable message boards in the district to promote key messages such as FDP.
- Two Regional Community Safety Workshops are to be conducted in Swan Hill and Kyneton. The purpose is to provide an overview of Community Safety programs/processes.
- Over the next month Gerry Hauke, Property Advice Visit Service Coordinator will be contacting brigade Captains to provide an overview of the program. It will be the brigades decision if they wish to participate in the activity. The Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS) is designed to support brigades visiting at risk community members at their home. Brigades can use local knowledge and CFA mapping data to identify households with the highest bushfire risk.
These are to be confirmed in writing in a letter to brigades:
|October 14th||Heathcote||L2 IMT, Crew Leaders, Group personnel|
|October 22nd||Kyneton||L2 IMT, Crew Leaders, Group personnel|
|November 25th||Romsey||L3 IMT/EMT, L2 IMT, Crew Leaders, Group personnel|
|October 23rd||Bendigo (DEWLP)||L2/L3 IMT/EMT personnel|
|October 26th||Gisborne (ICC)||L2/L3 IMT/EMT personnel|
|October 28th||Kyneton||Officers and Crew Leaders, all welcome|
|November 4th||Bendigo||Officers and Crew Leaders, all welcome|
|November 8th||Pastoria Fire (2014), meeting place TBC||Newer Crew Leaders, Strike Team Leaders, brigade officers|
Please RSVP to District 2 reception 1800 735 202
As part of pre-season activity we would like to remind all brigades to ensure crews are familiar with all vehicles and that communities are engaged and encouraged to remove as much ground fuel from around houses and nearby structures.
Chris Jacobsen - Acting Operations Manager, District 2