CFA brigades and community members are invited to take part in the development of a new community engagement resource.
The Community Profiles project aims to develop evidence-informed community profiles, using data sources to support brigades in their fire prevention and preparedness activities. This data will allow brigades to better understand the specific needs of their communities, enabling for more tailored and relevant community safety activities.
Community Profiles will be static maps with explanatory text (and statistics) that represent social vulnerabilities in your specific brigade area. Social vulnerability can be experienced by people less likely to be able to respond to, or cope with, and recover from disasters such as residential fire or bushfire. Based on existing research, examples of factors that may lead to social vulnerability are age (the very young or the elderly), people living with disability, and low socio-economic status.
The profiles will summarise social vulnerability data for each Brigade area, this can be used in planning and tailoring education programs or activities to individuals or groups that may not be reached through traditional channels.
By participating in the project, CFA can ensure the content being produced is fit-for-purpose and can accurately support and inform the work done by brigades.
Participants will be asked a series of questions about the resource being developed in an interview, either online or via telephone, enabling participants to shape the final outcome of the project. CFA will collate all the responses and use them to guide the final resource.
To get involved please email: Louise.Collins@cfa.vic.gov.au by 31 March or call 0428 878 355 for more information.