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Thanks for making it happen

By: Lisa Sturzenegger

  11.00 AM 19 October, 2010

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I'd like to thank everyone that took part in Fire Action Week 2010, in particular those who worked to make Planning Day happen, and commend all involved for their tremendous contribution to bushfire preparedness in Victoria.

The launch of Fire Action Week saw Premier John Brumby issue a call to action to all Victorians alongside Fire Commissioner Craig Lapsley, Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron and Environment Minister Gavin Jennings.

I was extremely proud to hear of the Premier's glowing endorsement of our Community Fireguard program.

CFA was well represented on every single day of Fire Action Week with community events, Fire Ready Victoria meetings and Bushfire Planning Workshops across the state as well as exciting initiatives such as commuter education on Gippsland V/Line trains and the Halls Gap Community Cleanup Day.

We managed to put together Planning Day events for 20 high-risk communities that, while being hampered by the weather, managed to contribute to some great media coverage and build upon relationships between local agencies.

CFA used the week to open the new Ferntree Gully Incident Control Centre, the North Warrandyte Fire Station and promote the graduation of 25 new firefighter recruits.

We launched a training course with the Building Commission to deal with new regulations for building in bushfire prone areas, and continued our successful partnership with the release the guide to retrofitting your home for bushfire.

Our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community spokespeople were thanked for their great work during the last season and briefed for the upcoming season, and I took up the opportunity to speak about bushfire preparedness for people with a disability at the 2010 Disability Stakeholder Forum.

I also took part in two live online Question and Answer sessions about Fire Action Week and Bushfire Safety that were great opportunities to engage with a large number people in a new way, and I've been using Twitter (@LisaCFA) to do the same.

CFA worked with the state government to produce the ‘Be Fire Ready' television special for WIN TV, the Herald Sun Fire Ready Guide (published on Saturday) and supplements for local newspapers across the state.

I'm pleased to report that the Be Fire Ready television special reached a peak audience of 65,000 viewers, and people continue to visit the WIN TV website to watch it and learn more about their bushfire risk.

Thanks again to everyone that got involved in Fire Action Week 2010, especially at such an incredibly busy time, and I assure you that your efforts do not go unnoticed by myself or the community.

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