Victorians urged to plan and prepare for busy fire season at launch of Fire Action Week

 

  • Victorians urged to prepare at launch of Fire Action Week – 16-23 November
  • Fire agencies working with communities to reduce fire risk for upcoming season
  • Napthine Government building safer communities and making Victoria fire ready

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells today joined with Victoria’s emergency services to officially launch Fire Action Week 16-23 November to remind Victorians to prepare for the upcoming high-risk fire season.

“Forecasts indicate Victoria will face another significant fire season with an earlier start due to dry conditions, so it is absolutely crucial that our fire agencies and local communities are well prepared,” Mr Wells said.

“The message to Victorians today is simple: no matter where you live, it’s up to you to understand your fire risk and be ready to act this summer.

“Now is the time to start preparing, not when a fire starts, and it’s the preparations that Victorians can carry out now which will make a difference in the coming months.

Mr Wells said this season’s outlook indicates Victoria is likely to see a more active fire season than last year, when the state battled heat wave conditions and firefighters fought more than 4,600 bush and grassfires.

“Fire Action Week is an opportunity to reinforce to all Victorians the importance of planning and preparing for the risk of fire, to ensure we are all fire ready,” Mr Wells said.

Today’s launch was held by the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Whittlesea City Council at the Epping North community day at Lehmann’s Park where residents were given the opportunity to learn more about the local fire risks and how to take action to improve their safety and the safety of their neighbours. Mr Wells said fire awareness is everyone’s responsibility, including people living on Melbourne’s urban fringe and in regional areas.

“There are many simple things people can do to prepare their households, such as cleaning gutters, mowing grass and talking about what to do if a fire starts,” Mr Wells said.

“If you live near bush or grassland and it’s a high-risk fire day, leave and live because leaving early is the safest option to protect you and your family.”

Victorian fire agencies have also begun preparing for a challenging fire season with multi-agency briefings and exercises taking place across the state.

“The Napthine Government is building a safer Victoria by ensuring Victoria’s emergency management system provides the best possible response to emergencies,” Mr Wells said.

“The fire agencies are working together to reduce bushfire risk and achieve the best possible outcome for local communities.

“The Coalition Government’s significant investments in Victoria’s fire services and the broad suite of emergency management reforms that have been introduced over the past four years are helping to ensure Victoria is now better protected.” Fire Action Week runs from 16-23 November. During Fire Action Week, CFA brigades around the state will be talking to their communities about getting ready for summer.

For help understanding your risk and how to get prepared for summer visit emergency.vic.gov.au, or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

For more information about what is happening during Fire Action Week check cfa.vic.gov.au/events.

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