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Fire Action Week launched at SCC Summer Briefing

By: CFA News

Category: Community Safety

  8.27 AM 20 October, 2016


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This year’s Fire Action Week launched Monday 24 October at the State Control Centre (SCC) Pre-season Briefing, with Victoria’s emergency services coming together to provide a statewide overview of what to expect this summer.  

Fire Action Week is Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation week, and seeks to raise awareness of bush and grassfire risk in the community.

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said while many communities throughout the state have been battling rain and rising flood waters during recent months, this will simply spur vegetation growth in forested, bush and grass fire areas, and increase the risk of fire.

 “Fire Action Week is an important week for all Victorians,” Steve said.

“This is the best time to make sure you understand your fire risk, prepare your property, and talk to your household about what you’ll do to stay safe from fire this summer.”

Steve also said it’s important to know your trigger for leaving early if a fire starts, and to always stay informed of local conditions.  

As part of Fire Action Week, CFA will be taking on MFB in two 20/20 cricket matches at Victoria Park, Kew next Sunday (30 October.) Here we’ll see a Masters 20/20 match kick off at 11am, followed by a show down between current firefighters at 2pm.

The week also marks the beginning of the Summer Fire Campaign for 2016-17, which will run through until the end of February. During this campaign, Victoria’s emergency services will deliver safety messages to Victorian communities via traditional media advertising (TV, radio, press), media and public relations, and digital and social media activities.

Each year CFA conducts a wide range of local community activities and programs in support of this campaign to build community preparedness, including CFA Open Days, Fire Ready Victoria Meetings, and Community Fire Guard Sessions. You can check the CFA Events page for more information on what’s happening in your local area.

Applications are now open for CFA’s Summer Fire Local Initiatives Program, which supports the summer campaign by awarding one-off funding to brigades and community organisations to deliver innovative fire safety initiatives that build community connections and resilience. Applications close Sunday 30 October.

This year CFA members will also encourage their local communities to take part in the Fire Safety Pledge, which launches on Thursday 3 November.

Community members who pledge to be fire safe this summer will go in the draw to win one of four brand new Samsung Tablets or one of four $100 Bunnings vouchers, and also have the chance to nominate their support for a local CFA brigade.

The brigades with the most pledges (across three different categories) will receive a cash prize at the end of the competition to contribute to their next community engagement event, so make sure you get involved!

Visit cfa.vic.gov.au for more information on how to prepare for this summer.

Last Updated: 25 October 2016