A team of fire safety experts will be available to answer questions at an information hub from Thursday 1 until Sunday 4 March. The stand features a multimedia display, the latest bushfire planning materials and plenty of giveaways.
A local member of Victoria Police will also be on hand as part of Operation Firesetter, which aims to prevent and detect bushfire arsonists.
CFA Southern Metro Manager Community Safety Andrew Smith urged people to take time to chat with CFA staff about their fire plan.
“Karingal shopping centre attracts a lot of people from the surrounding areas of high fire risk. We hope to catch the many residents living in the Frankston and Langwarrin area and for them to take the opportunity to discuss fire safety and arson prevention,” Mr Smith said.
“Many people may not be aware of their surroundings and would be unprepared if a fire broke out in the area.
“We urge people to be prepared and have a plan so they know what they are going to do before they see flames or smell smoke, often it is too late. If you live in a high risk area then you should take the responsibility of having a plan whether at your home or on the road.
“Whether you’re a local, it’s a great idea to have the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) saved in your phone or download the FireReady app so you can check if there’s anything happening in that area.
“The shopping centre stand is a great opportunity to have a face to face conversation to a CFA or Victoria Police member. We welcome the partnership with Victoria Police - working together to educate and inform the community is essential,” Mr Smith said.
Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said that the shopping centre displays are extremely important to encourage the community to assist with arson prevention.
“While police are actively patrolling, we need your help to catch bushfire arsonists. If you’ve seen something or know something, say something. People have an obligation to come forward if they see or hear of anyone who just doesn’t seem right because without intervention, they may harm others,” Mr Walshe said.
The Karingal shopping centre display is one of fifteen shopping centre stands being set up between November 2011 and March 2012.