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Tawonga brigade assesses properties
Resources and mentoring are now available to support brigades who are interested in talking direct to householders about their bushfire risk.
By Neil Munro and Sonia Maclean
While a lot of brigades have carried out doorknocks in the past, this is the first time a resource pack and training have been put together to support brigades who wish to use this method to reach residents. The pack, which is explained during a one-hour training session and on-the-job mentoring, includes printed copies of a short questionnaire and information sheets for householders who live near forested areas or bushland.
Tawonga brigade members recently carried out advice visits to 27 properties in some of the highest-risk streets the area. Brigade Captain Steve Rigoni said they’d had a positive response from the local community.
“The public were genuinely pleased to receive advice at their home and get to know their local brigade,” Steve said.
“The training and mentoring process gave the crew the confidence to know the right things to say, and to cover off on what residents most need to know. The materials made the whole process easy to work with.
“It only took about 15 minutes per house, and the brigade found out plenty of useful information − water supplies we could use, residents who have CFA couplings, plus who plans to stay and defend locally.”
Brigade members who are interested in conducting property advice visits can contact their community education coordinator at their CFA regional office for more information.
Photo: Tawonga brigade members Cliff Morrison and Noel Russell helping community members with Community Liaison Officer Maureen Piera
Photo courtesy of North East Newspapers