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Riddells Creek Bushfire Expo

  • CFA Exhibit
  • Live ember attack demonstration
  • 2012 Bushfire & Emergncy Services Expo
  • 2012 Bushfire & Emergncy Services Expo
  • CFA Exhibit
  • Captain Koala with Ambulance Victoria personnel
  • Fence fire after ember attack demonstration
  • Brigade member Alex Batty adresses the crowd
  • Igniting the live ember attack demonstration
  • Gutter on fire after ember attack demonstration
  • Live ember attack demonstration
  • 2012 Bushfire and Emergency Services Expo
  • A well maintained lawn and fence
  • A poorly maintained lawn and fence
  • Government exhibitors marquee
  • Dry grass catching fire during ember attack

By: Dean Anderson

Category: Community Safety, Events / Fundraising / Offers

  11.23 PM 28 November, 2012

Location: District 2 News

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The 2012 Bushfire and Emergency Services Expo failed to disappoint a crowd of over  450 visitors at Riddells Creek on Sunday.  

After six long months of planning and hard work by the members of the  Riddells Creek Fire Brigade, this years bushfire safety event attracted large numbers of residents from the Macedon Ranges and beyond.

The expo has been an annual event on the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade calendar for the past six years and the event once again proved to be a handy one-stop-shop for all things related to bushfire safety. Vistors to the event were able to have their questions answered by representatives from CFA and a range of government agencies responsible for the prevention and response to bushfire. Fire Ready meetings were held throughout the day to provide an overview of CFA's key advice to residents living in high fire risk areas while a range of businesses were also on hand to demonstrate their bushfire safety products.

For the first time ever, live hot-fire demonstrations were carried out to simulate the effect that ember attack would have on a poorly maintained timber fence and also on a roof gutter which had not been cleared of leaf litter. Riddells Creek is a growing township nestled at the foothills south east of the Macedon Ranges and as such, ember attack is a significant risk to all residents living in and around the town. Being able to witness the impact that intense ember attack may have on  a home was certainly a highlight for many of the 450 visitors to the event.      

Last Updated: 28 November 2012