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2013 Fire Awareness Awards – entries now open

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01 Aug 2013
Each year, ordinary people achieve extraordinary things by working together to help protect Victoria from fire. Often, they don’t think twice about their contribution to the community.

Victoria’s three fire agencies, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Country Fire Authority (CFA),  and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) together with the Fire Services Commissioner, are encouraging these Victorians to share their hard work and achievements by entering the 2013 Fire Awareness Awards.

"Applicants for these awards are volunteers, community groups and professionals, dedicating themselves above and beyond normal expectations of their roles," CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said.

"Fire awareness is more than just about bushfires, it is about preparation, prevention, response and recovery from all fires all year round.

"Extraordinary and innovative approaches to awareness are recognised in awards and grants. I encourage all contributors to fire safety to apply for recognition of their efforts."

Judges are keen to recognise projects that successfully reduce the number or impact of fire in Victoria.

Successful projects can be on a local, regional or statewide scale.

Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells said Victorians were national leaders in innovation when it comes to protecting communities from the impact of bushfires.

"It is the people who strive further, who break new ground, set new standards and ultimately save more lives – they are exactly the type of people who should be recognised through these awards," Mr Wells said.

The awards are sponsored by RACV Insurance which provides the $10,000 RACV Insurance Fire Innovation Grant as well as the RACV City Club in Melbourne as the venue for the awards presentation event.
The RACV Insurance Award for Excellence is presented to the most outstanding fire project from all categories.

Paul Northey, General Manager of RACV Insurance, said RACV has a long and proud history of supporting the Fire Awareness Awards and fire-affected communities.

"RACV Insurance sees firsthand the devastating impact that fire can have on peoples’ lives, and we are pleased to be able to assist groups and individuals who are focussed on fire prevention, response and recovery," Mr Northey said.

ABC Local Radio Victoria is a valued supporter and will play an integral part in promoting the awards, particularly in reaching and encouraging smaller communities in rural areas to enter projects where truly inspiring work has taken place.

Entries for the 2013 Fire Awareness Awards are now open and close on 30 September.  Recipients will be announced at the awards presentation event on 4 December.

For more information about the 2013 Fire Awareness Awards or to apply, visit or email


  • Community Preparedness Award
  • Recovery Award
  • Multicultural Award
  • Youth Award
  • Aged and Disability Award
  • Education Award
  • Fire Services Award
  • Media and Communications Award
  • Industry/Service Award
  • Building/Construction Award
  • Product Design Award
  • New and Emerging Information Technologies Award


There are two types of grants on offer; the RACV Insurance Fire Innovation Grant of up to $10,000 and three Special Incentive Grants each valued at up to $2,000. The grants are available for new projects or to further develop an existing fire project.

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