Applications for the 2017 Fire Awareness Awards are now open.
Individuals, community groups and organisations can submit innovative projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria for an award.
‘‘Every day across Victoria people are working tirelessly to help make our communities safer and more resilient before, during or after a fire occurs,’’ Forest Fire Management Victoria chief fire officer Stephanie Rotarangi said.
‘‘These community focused awards are a great opportunity to recognise the extraordinary efforts of those who deliver this important work.’’
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.
Now in their 34th year, the awards remain an important way for us to highlight the exceptional projects that help protect our homes, businesses and environment.
The seven award categories are:
●Access and Inclusion;
●Community Prevention and Preparedness;
●Community Learning and Knowledge;
●Government and Industry Partnership;
●Government and Industry Diversity; and
Additionally, a $10000 prize from the RACV recognises excellence in fire safety and awareness.
Entries for the awards close on September 17 and recipients will be announced at a presentation evening on December 4.