Fire Rescue Victoria

Statement regarding recent media reports on community engagement activities

29/03/21 1.57am

Fire Rescue Victoria temporarily paused community engagement activities and non-essential interactions with the public as a standard part of our pandemic response plan.

It was imperative that FRV took all precautions to minimise the risk to our community and our front-line firefighters, who continue to attend work and deliver an essential emergency service.

The preventative steps FRV has taken throughout the pandemic have ensured there has been no impact on the critical emergency service we provide to our community.

FRV is working closely with schools to ensure children who have been unable to complete Fire Education as a result of the pandemic are provided with the opportunity to partake in the program as soon as possible.

While physical interactions with the community have been temporarily paused to ensure community safety during the pandemic, FRV firefighters have maintained vital connections with our community.

Our Multicultural Liaison Officers have engaged with the community virtually, including running home fire safety and smoke alarm information sessions online.

Our Community Resilience team has continued to meet and advocate with community groups on safety issues online and our Community Education team has developed an updated Fire Education curriculum which will be rolled out in schools as soon as possible.

Further information about FRV’s education programs is available via: https://www.frv.vic.gov.au/education-programs-0

Reviewed 29 March 2021

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