Applications for the 2017 Fire Awareness Awards are now open for individuals, community groups and organisations to submit innovative projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Stephanie Rotarangi said “Every day across Victoria people are working tirelessly to help make our communities safer and more resilient before, during or after a fire occurs.”
“These community focussed awards are a great opportunity to recognise the extraordinary efforts of those who deliver this important work,” Dr Rotarangi said.
“The awards were originally launched in 1983 after the devastating Ash Wednesday fires as a way to encourage and acknowledge the development of local community grassroots programs that help reduce the effects of fire in Victoria.”
“They have now been running for 34 years and remain an important way for us to highlight the exceptional projects that help protect our homes, businesses and environment.”
The awards are administered by Victoria’s fire agencies and are proudly supported by RACV Insurance, ABC Radio Victoria and Emergency Management Victoria.
The seven award categories demonstrate the breadth of work that happens at all levels across the emergency management sector:
• Access and Inclusion
• Community Prevention and Preparedness
• Community Learning and Knowledge
• Government and Industry Partnership
• Government and Industry Diversity
RACV Insurance contributes a $10,000 prize to recognise excellence in fire safety. The Awards also receive valued media support from emergency broadcaster ABC Radio Victoria.
Entries for the 2017 Fire Awareness Awards close Sunday 17 September 2017. Recipients will be announced at a presentation evening on Monday 4 December 2017.
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