The day is a great opportunity for brigades to engage with their local community with a particular focus on preparing for the upcoming summer fire season, while also showing Victorians how to protect life and property all year round.
Open days also allow brigades to show their local community what CFA does and to discuss topics specifically relevant to them, including recruitment and fundraising.
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Officer Steve Warrington said CFA open days were also a way for the public, and CFA as a whole, to recognise the great work being done by CFA members.
“People who engage with emergency services are more likely to respond positively and safely to warnings and directions during times of emergency,” Steve said.
“Developing trust and familiarity between the community and emergency services is a crucial step in ensuring safety.
“CFA open days are a great opportunity for people to find out how they can protect themselves, their family and property from fire this summer.”
Brigades are encouraged to tailor their open day event so it works best for their own brigade and community needs and risks.
Open days can take place in a variety of settings including fire stations, community festivals, or at local shops.
CFA open days vary in size, ranging from events with 20 community members in attendance, up to 1500 community attendees, and often include a vast array of fun activities including fire training drills and safety demonstrations, sausage sizzles and entertainment for kids.
As in previous years, $150 will be offered to brigades that register their event online and complete the online evaluation survey before 31 January 2020.
So get online and register your brigade’s open day today!
A variety of resources have been created to help with planning and promoting your open day event. They can be found on the Template Toolkit
· Event planning templates
· Social media animation and tile
· Media release template
· Community service announcement template
· Editable advertisements
· Poster advertisements
· Downloadable colouring sheets and puzzles for the kids