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Fire Awareness Awards open
Every year Victorians face the challenge of living with fire, whether it is the threat of bushfire, a house fire or dealing with the effects fire can have on a business or industry.
Every year ordinary people go out of their way to protect their homes, their business their communities and the people who live in them from fire – the majority don’t think twice about doing it.
Victoria’s fire agencies and RACV are encouraging these Victorians to share their hard work and achievements by entering for the 2014 Fire Awareness Awards, with entries now open.
Every year people across the state go above and beyond to develop fire safety programs, projects, products and designs that help keep the people of Victoria safe, said MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau.
“The Fire Awareness Awards are an important way for Victoria’s fire services and RACV to acknowledge their hard work, innovation and dedication that underpins our sense of community in both the city and country”, Mr Rau said.
Judges want to recognise projects that successfully reduce the number or impact of fires in Victoria. Successful projects can be at a local, regional or state-wide scale and can come from volunteers, community groups and professional organisations.
The awards are proudly supported by long-term sponsor RACV which in addition to hosting the awards, provides $10,000 to recognise excellence in fire safety. The fire services also provide three $2000 incentive grants to encourage further development of projects or programs.
In 2013 Firefoxes Australia won the Fire Awareness Recovery Award and one of the special incentive grants. Firefoxes is a grassroots group which formed in 2009 following the Black Saturday bushfires in the Kinglake Ranges. In the years since, Firefoxes has touched the lives of thousands of women, men and children in Australian communities affected by fire, flood and cyclone.
Kate Riddell, Firefoxes Australia, said the Recovery Award recognised the work of all involved with the Woman Leading Change program over the past five years which connected local emergency services volunteers with woman in the community.
“The women and youth in our community are connected, more skilled and have a greater understanding or fire preparedness as a result of the Women Leading Change program,” she said.
“They now take a far more active role in operating pumps, getting their properties ready, formulating effective fire plans and working cooperatively with fire prevention and response agencies.”
Paul Northey, General Manager RACV Insurance, said RACV has a proud history of supporting its members and their communities in fire-affected areas.
“RACV Insurance sees firsthand the devastating impact that fire can have on peoples’ lives”, Mr Northey said.
“We are pleased to be associated with these awards which encourage groups and individuals to generate ideas and initiatives that are focussed on fire prevention, response and recovery.
“The Awards program and the Excellence Award is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the invaluable work people do to protect their homes and communities.”
Entries for the 2014 Fire Awareness Awards open on 30 June and close on 30 September 2014. Recipients will be announced at a presentation evening on 4 December.