Country Fire Authority partners with multicultural communities

The Country Fire Authority (CFA), a volunteer and community-based fire and emergency services organisation, is working to engage with multicultural communities around the state and raise their awareness of the importance of fire safety.

A recent example of this is the partnership between the CFA and AFL’s Multicultural Programs which engaged school children from various ethnic backgrounds in Dandenong North on Thursday 17 October 2013. The CFA also presents to AMES English classes around the state, and works with asylum seeker groups in promoting fire safety to new arrivals.

CFA helps protect 3.3 million Victorians, and more than 1million homes and properties across regional Victoria and outer metropolitan Melbourne and has publications on fire safety in more than 30 languages which can all be found online at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/other-languages/

The community-based fire and emergency services organisation is also working closely with other emergency services, community organisations and service providers including the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), State Emergency Service (SES), migrant resource centres and AMES, as well as a variety of government and non-government agencies to engage with multicultural communities.

If you would like to organise a tour of your local fire brigade, book a free fire safety session or meet and greet CFA’s volunteers or career firefighters, please visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au for further information or contact the Community Education Coordinator at CFA’s regional offices. Or if you are interested in volunteering to assist your community please call 1800 232 636.

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