More than 100 first responders from CFA, Victoria Police, SES, FFMVic and FRV participated in an evacuation drill to help communities on the urban fringe prepare for summer and better understand how to work together during an emergency.
The event educated the community on what to do in the case of a fire and was an opportunity for local emergency services to come together ahead of this year’s fire season.
Residents living next to grassland were taught to walk two or three streets back from the fire.
With the assistance of Victoria Police and the SES, participating residents evacuated to a nearby park during the simulation exercise.
“We’re ensuring residents living on the urban fringe know what to do in the case of a grass or bushfire in their area,” CFA Commander Sean Kennedy said.
“Being in a fire situation can be stressful and chaotic so it is vital people have a bushfire survival plan.
“Ahead of this fire season, sit down with your family or household and prepare your fire plan – if a fire does start in your area, it’s one less thing to worry about”.
Community members were encouraged to find the latest information about local conditions and fire ratings by downloading the VicEmergency app or visit the CFA website at cfa.vic.gov.au.
Those living or working next to grasslands, parks, paddocks or bush should remember:
- Grassfires can start anywhere and spread quickly.
- If you live next to grassland and a grassfire starts, walk at least two streets back from the fire.
- If you live two or three streets away from grassland and a grassfire starts, stay where you are; Grassfires are unlikely to spread into built-up areas.
- Never drive if you can see smoke or fire. Thick smoke will make it hard to see and traffic jams and accidents are likely.
- Keep roads clear for emergency services