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Helping the Serbian community

By: Duncan Russell

Category: Community Safety, People

  2.31 PM 12 February, 2013


Location: District 15 News, General

Views: 1776

CFA’s Serbian spokesperson was spreading the fire ready message at the Elaine Serbian festival on Sunday 27 January 2013.

By Angela Cook

Interest was high with Bisa, CFA’s Serbian-speaking trained spokesperson, kept busy speaking with more than 30 attendees about their personal bushfire risk.

“The information was well received, and people were very grateful to have the information in a language that they could read and understand,” says Bisa.  

While most people had seen the fire danger ratings, having the ability to have questions answered in their own language was hugely important.

This summer, CFA is seeking to engage with cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in high-risk bushfire areas. 

CFA has trained spokespeople who can deliver bushfire-related messages and information. As a result, CFA has access to NAATI-accredited interpreters covering 20 languages, including Khmer, Italian, Arabic, Maltese, Croatian, Dari, Somali, Serbian, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Persian, Macedonian, Cantonese, Hindi, Turkish, Spanish, Sudanese, Vietnamese, Burmese and Greek.

CFA has also translated some of its bushfire publications into commonly-spoken languages.  These can be downloaded from the CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Do you know of a local community or group that could benefit from a visit from a CFA spokesperson? Our spokespeople are able to attend existing community and cultural events, or CFA can organise a specific activity for groups and organisations with a CALD focus. 

For further information or to organise an activity, please contact:

Angela Cook (CFA - Program Manager)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 9262 8603

Last Updated: 12 February 2013