Get to know your local fire station ahead of this year’s bushfire season

Local residents chatting with Kalorama-Mount Dandenong Fire Brigade members. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

The Dandenong Ranges, like some other parts of Victoria, is known to be an area of very high bushfire risk.

Living here means accepting that the risk exists. There has been an early start to Victoria’s bushfire season this year and it is essential that we are prepared for anything which may impact our area. There are some simple measures that you can take which will allow you to live with, and adapt to the risk. Our local CFA brigades are 100 per cent volunteer and work closely with their communities to ensure that residents are well-informed and prepared for each bushfire season. It is important to understand that fire safety is a shared community responsibility.

A range of initiatives exist, and a wealth of information is available to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to mitigate risks, develop evacuation strategies and make your property safer. For more localised information, brigades often hold local community meetings each summer. It is important to attend if a brigade is running an event in your street or an area near you.

Kalorama-Mt Dandenong CFA is holding an Open Day on Sunday 26 November at the fire station at 33 Ridge Road in Mt Dandenong between 10am and 2pm.

Come along and meet your local community fire brigade, and understand what you need to do to be ready for the fire season. There will be two 20 minute fire awareness sessions at 11am and 1pm. You will have an opportunity to discuss your emergency plans, preparation and safety. There will also be a sausage sizzle and kids activities.

If you are interested in joining your local volunteer fire brigade, new members are always welcome.

At the open day you will have an opportunity to chat to our members about what they do.

There are opportunities for membership as a fire-fighter, non-operational member and the Kalorama-Mt Dandenong brigade is starting a junior brigade for 11 to 16 year olds.