CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the Statewide 'CFA Sunday' is an opportunity for Victorian families to have some fun with CFA and also discuss bushfire safety, preparation, planning and volunteering.
“Brigades will open their doors to encourage the community to get prepared and learn more about their local fire risk,” Mr Ferguson said.
“With an above average risk for grassfire this season, we are urging people to take the opportunity to talk though their plans, or any concerns, with their local experts. Our members have a tremendous level of knowledge around local risk and can provide advice or answer questions about bushfire safety.
“We are encouraging families to come and discuss bush and grassfire planning in a fun, informal setting – this is an opportunity to meet the volunteer and career staff who work hard to protect lives and property.”
Participating brigades will have a range of information available and many will conduct activities on the day, including station tours and a sausage sizzle.
“People may be surprised by the amount of work done by local brigades to prepare the community for bush and grassfire. They are a real community asset with a wealth of local information and advice to assist with planning,” Mr Ferguson said.
“CFA Sunday is a fantastic way for the community to go down to their local fire station and show how much we appreciate our volunteers. Go down, drop in and just say ‘Thanks for being there! You do a great job! Keep up the great work!’
“So often our volunteers and members are busy at a job when we interact with the public – so for a change, let’s send a message of support back to these special people who are so willing to help us in our time of need.
“We want CFA Sunday to be another trigger to motivate people to develop or update their own plan and importantly take responsibility for themselves and those around them this summer.
“It only takes two weeks of hot, dry and windy weather to create dangerous fire conditions, so it’s never too early to get your home and family prepared for fire.”
CFA Sunday is being held at the end of Fire Action Week which runs from November 13 – 20. Visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/cfasunday to find a CFA Sunday event near you.