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Multicultural agenda at Wodonga

  • Wodonga Firefighter Sam Nelson explains how to use a fire blanket with the assistance of an interpreter

By: Brett Myers

Category: Community Safety

  4.15 PM 23 September, 2013

Location: District 24 News

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Firefighters from Wodonga were on hand today to educate 22 Bhutanese immigrants about fire safety.

The CFA component to the Multicultural Orientation session was part of a larger initiative organised by the Wagga Wagga Multicultural Council to assist with better transition into the Australian way of life. 

The session which is run over two days also included presentations made by Victoria Police, Consumer Affairs Victoria and Murray Regional Health.

Participants were given information on creating a home fire escape plan, fire safety in the kitchen, general fire safety practices, how to call 000 along with a tour of the fire truck.

The session was conducted through an interpreter as most of the audience members have been in Australia for only three to six months speaking very little English.

Wodonga Leading Firefighter Brett Myers coordinated CFA’s involvement in the event and sees it as an exciting opportunity to share an important message with members of the community.

“This is one of the most challenging community safety sessions to deliver because of language barriers.” Leading Firefighter Brett Myers said. "The Bhutanese community in Albury/Wodonga is rapidly expanding and it’s important to impart those key home fire safety messages.  

“Some of participants had never seen a smoke detector and they don’t understand that you call 000 when there’s an emergency. We’re really happy with how it went and for the chance to get those safe messages out to those who otherwise wouldn’t receive them.”

Last Updated: 25 September 2013