This year has produced a record number of 186 entries, coming in from all over Victoria, as well as New South Wales and Queensland.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the response showed the great work being done across the state to enhance fire awareness and safety that can reduce the incidence and impact of fire.
"The number of applications we received this year was overwhelming. Never before have we received so many," he said.
"The awards ceremony will be a great way to celebrate all the finalists who undertook projects. For many of them, carrying out these projects is not part of their job. They are volunteers or community groups dedicating their time to improving fire safety, preparedness, response and recovery," he said.
The Fire Awareness Awards recognise the extraordinary work of people, groups and organisations in their efforts to reduce the number and effects of fire in Victoria. The awards have been presented for over 25 years, as a collaborative venture between Victoria’s fire agencies – CFA, MFB, DSE and the Fire Services Commissioner.
The awards presentation will take place on 3 December at the RACV City Club in Melbourne, where award and grant finalists will be invited to celebrate alongside senior members of the fire agencies and ministerial representatives. Michael Hallowes, Emergency Services Commissioner for Victoria, will be speaking at the presentation.
The awards evening will present a winner for each of the award categories, as well as an overall RACV Insurance Award for Excellence.
There will also be multiple grants presented on the night including the Special Incentive Grants and the RACV Insurance Fire Innovation Grant.
For a full list of award finalists please visit: www.fireawarenessawards.com.au/2012-finalists