The Community-led Preparedness Award recognises projects that have been led by community groups or individuals and are focused on helping to reduce the impact of fire by improving community readiness and resilience. These projects are developed and delivered by Victorian communities and have led to improved fire awareness and positive change.

Fire service agency involvement can be in a supporting role, where appropriate, but project must be community-led or initiated.

Example projects include, but are not restricted to:

  • Production and dissemination of information or resources within the community about fire safety and preparedness
  • Positive actions taken to increase community preparedness for fire emergencies through planning and management activities and/or active community participation that achieve improved fire awareness outcomes
  • Workshops, conferences, community development, events, planning, safety strategies, publications, online communications, etc.

The Award will be judged in two streams:

  • Community – this stream includes not-for-profit organisations, individuals, community groups, volunteer groups, schools or tertiary institutions.
  • Industry – this stream includes commercial enterprise, business, local council or government departments who collaborate with communities to improve readiness and resilience.

2015 Community-led Preparedness winners

East Gippsland Building Community Resilience (Community Stream)

Working as one in South Gippsland! (Industry Stream)

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The project must be initiated and led by individuals, groups or organisations external to Victoria’s three fire service agencies (MFB, CFA and DELWP), but can involve one or more fire agencies in a supporting role – for example providing expert advice or acting as a subject matter expert.

Where appropriate projects must meet the standards and procedures of the Victorian fire agencies.

Projects that have been previously shortlisted as a Fire Awareness Award finalist cannot be resubmitted without further significant development.

All projects entered must have been in place within 2 years of the opening date for entry in the 2016 Awards (30 June 2014 and 30 June 2016), and implemented in Victoria.

CFA, DELWP, MFB, EMV and Parks Victoria employees and members are ineligible to enter this award.

Fire service agencies should apply to one of the Fire Services Awards: Local-led Prevention and Preparedness; Partnership; or Project of State Significance awards.

Examples of projects

2015 Community-led Prevention and Preparedness Award finalists

Adopt a hydrant project – led by Macedon Ranges Running Club

Macedon Ranges Running Club implemented an Adopt a Hydrant program around Riddells Creek by incorporating hydrant checks into their weekly runs.  The project helped both local services and community in making sure hydrants/markers are checked and any faults reported. The club worked with Western Water to develop a series of maps that included the locations of the hydrants in the region and then provided the maps to their local CFA. If the club identified any faults on their run, they recorded them and reported them to Western Water ensuring timely repairs.

Adopt a hydrant

Macclesfield Disaster Recovery Plan – led by Macclesfield Disaster Recovery Group

After a series of natural disasters in the region left many of the 1,000 Macclesfield residents cut off from traditional recovery resources, the Macclesfield Recovery Group set about developing a series of resources for their residents to improve community resilience. Through a series of workshops, information nights and social media advertisements, the group went from five to 25 representatives.

The group identifies the needs, strengths and weaknesses of the community and identifies important community infrastructure, local skillsets and what resources would be required to manage their needs during the first 72 hours of an emergency. They developed the framework for the Macclesfield Disaster Recovery Plan and the Macclesfield Disaster Procedures Manual from the obtained information. The work completed by the group resulted in:

  • the development of the Macclesfield Disaster draft Procedure Manual
  • the development series of mock disaster training
  • increased social connectedness of community members
  • increase the employability of group members through specialist up-skilling such as psychological first aid
  • empowering community leadership opportunities in the event of a disaster
  • providing a conduit for Macclesfield fire brigade members to access specialist psycho social training outside of training provided by CFA.

Macclesfield Disaster Recovery Program1


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