Dandenong brigade supports local NAIDOC Week Children's Day

Dandenong Fire Brigade today (10 July) joined the NAIDOC Week 2019 Children’s Day held at Greaves Reserve. 


The local community enjoyed Aboriginal cultural displays, activities and dancing as part of the event.

CFA, SES, Victoria Police also attended, giving the kids an opportunity to learn about their roles within the community and to help build trust and awareness.

The kids were able to enjoy the trucks on display, learn about the tools our fireys use and also check out the ladder platform and rescue truck.

The event was hosted by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and the Dandenong & District Aborigines Cooperative.

“The kids really loved seeing the trucks and the firefighters here today. These events are especially beneficial for our younger generation to build better relationships with emergency services personnel," said Andrew Gardener, CEO of the Dandenong & District Aborigines Cooperative.

"Our hope would be that when they grow up they can see being a firefighter or a police officer as a career opportunity."

Dandenong brigade Firefighter Aaron Felmingham said, “We have a large Indigenous population here in Dandenong so it’s important for us to get involved with events like this NAIDOC celebration to strengthen our connection with the community.

"These foundations ensure they understand our role but also give them an opportunity to learn how to keep themselves safe from fire.”

CFA Dandenong Leading Firefighter Briody Walker showing off the rescue truck

Author: Courtney Walker