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Register your brigade Open Day now
CFA brigades across the state are once again encouraged to open their doors to the community between September and December and participate in CFA’s 2017 Open Day program.
With over 300 CFA brigades hosting open days last year, the event appears to be cementing itself in the annual calendar of many local communities across Victoria.
The day is a great opportunity for brigades to engage with their local community with a particular focus on preparing for the upcoming summer fire season, while also showing Victorians how to protect life and property all year round.
Open days also allow brigades to show their local community what CFA does and to discuss topics specifically relevant to them, including recruitment, fundraising and junior programs.
“People who engage with emergency services are more likely to respond positively or safely to warnings and directions during times of emergency,” said CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington.
“Developing trust and familiarity between the community and emergency services is a crucial step in ensuring safety.
“CFA open days are a great opportunity for people to find out how they can protect themselves, their family and property from fire this summer.”
Chief Officer Warrington said CFA open days are also a way for the public, and CFA as a whole, to recognise the great work being done by CFA’s members.
“On behalf of CFA I would like to thank our 55,000 members for their tireless efforts and contribution to their communities.”
Brigades are encouraged to tailor their open day event so it works best for their own brigade and community needs and risks.
Open days can take place in a variety of settings including fire stations, community festivals, or at local shops.
CFA open days vary in size, ranging from events with 20 community members in attendance, or up to 1500 community attendees and often include a vast array of fun activities including fire training drills and safety demonstrations, sausage sizzles and entertainment for kids.
As in previous years, $150 will be offered again to each brigade that holds an event and submits a fully completed online feedback form within the specified time. Details will be given once brigades register.
So get online and register your brigade’s open day today! Visit: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/whats-on/