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By Michael Doran

Brigades across the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges will again open their doors to the public this year as part of the 2018 CFA Open Day program.

Tarryn Campbell, District 13 Community Education Coordinator, said, “A strong relationship between the community and emergency services is a crucial component in boosting safety and protecting life and property.”

“It’s a fantastic chance for our local community to meet the men and women who work hard to keep them safe from fire and help out in times of emergency.”

Besides the chance to have a tour of the station and sit in a fire truck, there is the serious side of preparing for the arrival of this year’s fire season.

The message from the CFA is that now is the time to prepare your family and home in the lead-up to summer and local brigades are a great source of advice and information.

“Open Days are the perfect opportunity for brigades to show the community what they do to keep everyone safe and to deliver valuable fire safety messages,” Ms. Campbell said.

“For anyone who wants to find out how best to protect themselves, their family and their property from fire this summer a visit to an open day will give them everything they need.”

It is also an opportune time to learn about volunteering with the CFA and how to become part of the team that protects the local community.

Open Days at Wesburn-Millgrove, Belgrave and Montrose will be on 21 October, followed by Yellingbo, Gruyere and Chrinside Park on 28 October. Times and station details can be found at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/whatson

 

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