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Fire Ready tips for Greek residents
On Tuesday 5 March CFA delivered a Fire Ready Victoria session at the Greek Church in Red Hill. This session was part of the Localised Engagement to CALD Communities Project, which has been promoting Fire Ready Victoria sessions to CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) communities.
By Angela Cook
A total of 22 residents attended the session. A Greek interpreter (one of CFA’s spokespersons) was provided because many of the people who attended were elderly and prefered to hear information in their native language of Greek.
They were very enthusiastic and appreciated the opportunity to be able to get information in a way that they could understand and ask questions. Many group members spoke English and commented to CFA that it was good to hear the information in English and Greek to make sure they understood it all correctly.
Most people had seen the Fire Danger Ratings (FDRs) around town and knew that Code Red was bad, but didn't really understand what the different ratings meant and what they should do. The group spent a lot of time discussing the FDRs, what they meant and what people should do on different days.
There was also a good discussion about leaving early, last resort options, and the dangers of getting caught out on the road.
Red Hill, which is next to Arthurs Seat, is quite a high-risk area and it was a great opportunity for CFA to engage with this group of CALD residents.