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Warm welcome at Mosque
CFA’s Northern and Western Metropolitan Region’s Greg Esnouf, David Allen and Catherine McLeod were given a warm welcome during a visit to the Virgin Mary Mosque at Hoppers Crossing.
Held on the first day back into Eastern Standard time, the visit proved a fantastic opportunity to promote the ‘change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery’ message to a group of 25 congregation members.
Members of the congregation asked some great questions which demonstrated the importance of creating these opportunities including ‘how long do you have to get out of the house’ and ‘what about valuables and your passport’. To the delight of all, one young girl who had learned ‘get down low and go go go’ at her school, was able to demonstrate the correct way to crawl in smoke.
CFA was also able to answer questions about what practical support is offered to residents during a house fire. For many of the women in the group, learning that FireFighters would be willing to assist entrapped children to safety, and could offer simple things such as a fire blanket for warmth was reassuring.
The visit also covered important summer fire safety information such as the Fire Danger Period, Total Fire Bans and the importance of understanding warnings and having a plan of what to do in the event of a local grassfire. The congregation has expressed a strong interest in participating in a Fire Ready Victoria session in the lead up to next summer so they can understand the risks and be better prepared.
Regional Director Greg thanked Sheik Issa for the opportunity to develop a closer relationship between CFA and this locally based Muslim community, and is looking forward to working together as the community grows into a much larger facility in the future.