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Fire Awareness Awards 2009

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21 Jul 2009
The 2009 Fire Awareness Awards are now open.

The Fire Awareness Awards now have their own website!

Please visit the awards site at www.fireawarenessawards.com.au for information and to submit your entry.

The winners of the 2009 Fire Awareness Awards were announced on 6 October 2009. View the 2009 Fire Awareness Awards article for full details.

Two projects were awarded the major accolade of the night, the RACV Insurance Award for Excellence. The MFB’s multi-award winning water recycling module shared the honour with the DSE and CFA’s information unit project, which improves the flow of crucial information to stakeholders and the wider community during emergency events.

This year’s awards also recognised the valuable contribution of a number of other community projects, including a ‘Yellow Safety Day’ initiative at Our Lady’s Primary School in Craigieburn and a community care program implemented by the City of Monash to assess fire risks in home and community care client’s homes.

The Fire Awareness Awards are an initiative of the states fire authorities, MFB, CFA and DSE, and are proudly supported by RACV Insurance. They were developed to publicly recognise the success of fire safety initiatives by individuals, fire agencies, groups and organisations.

MFB Acting Commander Steve Watts said that the awards were an opportunity for Victoria’s fire authorities to acknowledge and reward the community for their fire prevention and safety efforts.

“Each year, we are amazed by the efforts of individuals and groups who get on the front foot to respond to the threat of fire.

“Anyone can be a fire safety hero and it’s pleasing to be able to salute the terrific efforts of the community through these awards,” he said.

MFB Chief Fire Officer Tony Murphy said that the awards were a timely reminder to all Victorians to be prepared for the coming summer fire season, but that they should also be vigilant all year round.

“While at this time of year fire is on the mind of many Victorians, we also need to remember that fire poses a risk all year round whether you live in metropolitan Melbourne or regional areas.

“On behalf of Victoria’s fire agencies, I would like to congratulate and thank all those who were nominated for the awards. We couldn’t do our jobs without your help,” he said.

RACV Insurance General Manager Susan Allen said RACV Insurance was proud to be involved with the Fire Awareness Awards, and congratulated all the winners.

“Our goal in sponsoring the awards is to build awareness to help reduce the risk of fire in the wider community.

“The objective of the Fire Safety Grant is to provide funding to help a good idea become a reality. This year’s winner, the Hazard House, will benefit students in the 150 primary schools within the CFA Yarra Area by using interactive methods to teach them about fire hazards,” she said.

 

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