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Fire Awareness Awards 2013 winners announced

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06 Dec 2013
After receiving an incredible number of applications, winners for the 2013 Fire Awareness Awards have been announced.

Awards were presented during a ceremony on 4 December at the RACV City Club in Melbourne, where award winners, finalists and grant recipients celebrated alongside senior members of the fire agencies and ministerial representatives.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the quality of this year’s entries showed the community was really enthusiastic about enhancing fire awareness and safety across Victoria.

“I would like to congratulate all of our winners and those who entered the Fire Awareness Awards. For many of the project drivers, it was not part of their job. They were volunteers or community groups dedicating their time to improving fire safety, preparedness, response and recovery.”

Winning projects from the metropolitan area were:

Aged and Disability Award Seniors Fire Safety Program – MFB

Industry/Service Award The Hoarding Notification System – MFB

New and Emerging Information Technologies Award eMap – DEPI, CFA, MFB and SES

Rob Purcell, Director of Community Resilience, MFB, said the Seniors Fire Safety Program was about educating senior citizens who can take on board the information and increase their home fire safety.

“It is a unique program for MFB because volunteers deliver the message and it can be replicated across lots of different communities in Victoria,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Purcell said the Hoarders Notification System could be shared with other agencies, highlighting some of the issues firefighters deal with in terms of other fire risks.

“The system was set up to make sure firefighters safety was at a premium while acknowledging that hoarders are a much higher risk to themselves and the community,” he said.

Statewide winners include:

  • Fire Services Award Volunteer Health and Wellbeing – CFA
  • Industry/Service Award The Capital Management Guidelines – series 7 fire risk management, targeting vulnerable Victorians – Department of Human Services Fire Risk Management Unit
  • Product Design Award Electronic Fire Danger Rating Signs – Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty Ltd
  • RACV Insurance Special Incentive Grant Community First Program – St John Ambulance Australia Vic Inc

The Fire Awareness Awards recognise the extraordinary work of individuals, groups and organisations in their efforts to reduce the effect of fires in Victoria.

The awards have been presented for over 25 years, as a collaborative venture between Victoria’s fire agencies – CFA, MFB, DEPI and the Fire Services Commissioner. RACV Insurance is a proud long-term sponsor of the Fire Awareness Awards.

For a full list of award winners please visit

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