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

Fire services involvement can be in a supporting role, where appropriate, but projects must be community led or initiated.

Examples of projects include, but are not restricted to:
– Sustainable and safe fuel reduction
– Community led home, bush and grassfire programs/education
– Projects that lead to improved fire safety behaviour
– Projects that introduce better processes around fire risk reduction
– Workshops, conferences, community development, events, planning, safety strategies, publications, online communications

This award is open to the Community stream:
Community – this stream includes not-for-profit organisations, individuals, community groups, volunteer groups, schools or tertiary institutions.^

^DELWP, CFA, MFB, EMV and PV employees and members are NOT eligible to enter community categories. Fire services, state and local government, industry and business should apply to one of the Government and Industry categories:
· Partnership
· Diversity
· Innovation

The 2016 Community-led Prevention and Community-led Preparedness award winners are great examples for this category. For more examples of winning and finalist projects, check out Winners and Finalists in the top menu on this page.

2016 Community-led Prevention award winner
Friends of Bethanga Creek

2016 Community-led Preparedness award winner (Community)
Fire ‘N Friends

2016 Community-led Preparedness award winner (Industry)
The Fire Game


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