2015 Winners announced at Fire Awareness Awards

Innovation and initiative have been celebrated at last night’s Fire Awareness Awards ceremony.

The winners of the prestigious awards were announced to an audience of more than 200 people from across the state, including community members and emergency services representatives.

Winning projects were diverse and included community resilience projects, Landcare recovery projects and education projects.

Two big winners on the night were the teams behind the Indigenous Fire Knowledge Project and the Black Hill Reserve Fire Recovery initiative who were both awarded the RACV Insurance Award for Excellence.

“It is always pleasing to see the community and industry from all corners of Victoria working together to help keep people informed, prepared and safe in the event of fire”, MFB CEO Jim Higgins said.

The Fire Awareness Awards are a joint initiative of Victoria’s fire services (MFB, CFA and DELWP), which recognise the outstanding work of individuals, community groups and organisations who deliver projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria.

RACV Acting General Manager Insurance Duncan Elliott said, “We take great pride in supporting this event which acknowledges the amazing work that community members do in developing prevention plans and increasing community awareness to help minimise the impact of fire. This is our opportunity to thank them for taking the initiative and having the passion to follow through in implementing potentially life-saving ideas.”


Access and Inclusion

  • Spark of Brilliance, led by Federation University Students Hailey Vassallo, Barb Brokenshire, John Dallimore and Terri White.

Community-led Prevention and Preparedness (Community)

  • Indigenous Fire Knowledge Project led by Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups
  • East Gippsland Building Community Resilience led by East Gippsland Network of Neighbourhood Houses and Centre for Rural Communities

Community-led Prevention and Preparedness (Industry)

  • Wimmera fire prevention partnership, led by Wimmera Catchment Management Authority
  • Working as one in South Gippsland!, led by South Gippsland Shire Council


  • “Survive and Thrive” program led by Anglesea Primary School

Fire Service Award for Local-led Prevention and Preparedness

  • New parents’ safety program, led by CFA Diamond Creek Brigade

Fire Service Award for Partnership

  • Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide, Trial 2014/15 led by CFA

Fire Service Award for a Project of Statewide Significance

  • MFB Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project, led by MFB

Innovation and Design

  • Medium Pumper, led by SEM Fire and Rescue


  • Fire risk caused by the use of non-compliant building products, Katherine Towers The Australian

Recovery (Community)

  • South West Goulburn Landcare Network Community Fire Recovery Initiative, led by South West Goulburn Landcare Network
  • Landcare-led Recovery After 2014 Mickleham-Kilmore Fires, led by Upper Maribyrnong Catchment Landcare Group

Recovery (Industry)

  • Black Hill Reserve Fire Recovery, led by Macedon Shire Ranges Council

RACV Insurance Awards for Excellence of $5,000 each

  • Black Hill Reserve Fire Recovery, led by Macedon Shire Ranges Council
  • Indigenous Fire Knowledge Project, led by Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups

Fire Services Special Incentive Grants of $2,000 each

  • Behind The Seen Emergency Services See What Others Don’t, by Behind the Seen
  • Bushfires: Preparing to Leave Early – A guide for people with an intellectual disability, by Inclusion Melbourne

The Awards are proudly supported by long term supporters RACV Insurance, ABC Local Radio and Emergency Management Victoria.


Proudly Supported by RACV

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