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Shepparton multicultural engagement
Shepparton brigade proved a highlight of the St Georges Road Multicultural Food festival on Sunday 18 May.
In front of thousands of community members from all different ethnic backgrounds, SSO Leigh Allan led a team of four fantastic volunteers in organising CFA's engagement with its multicultural community.
CFA was a hit with everyone there, with the kids spraying water at targets, learning about CFA and meeting its members. At the end of the day, VicPol organised a game of soccer with students of the Shepparton English Language Centre. While it's unlikely Ange Postecoglou will give Leigh a call for Brazil, the contacts and networks made with the local community were invaluable.
This was all part of the purpose of breaking down cultural barriers and accessing new arrivals to the community, a particularly vulnerable group for emergency services.
Shepparton's multicultural community is growing rapidly, and the brigade is committed to engaging with and protecting all its community.
"Shepparton has such a rich range of multicultural members that I believe we can do more to assist those new to Australia and also to Shepparton, by getting more involved and to assist with breaking down the barriers we have," said SSP Allan.
"This would greatly assist in the prevention of fires and education on what we actually do and what they need to do in the event of a fire."