It’s game on for fire awareness

Published on 03 February 2020

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Do you know which fire district Nillumbik is in? What about if you’re in St Andrews and receive an Emergency Warning through the VicEmergency app – do you know what to do?

If you – or your kids, friends or neighbours – need to brush up on local and general knowledge when it comes to bushfire safety, Diamond Creek Fire Brigade has the perfect solution.

Today, the brigade launched the Nillumbik version of ‘The Fire Game’, a board game that tests players’ knowledge of what to do before, during and after a bushfire emergency. Some questions focus specifically on Nillumbik and others are related to broader bushfire awareness and preparation.

The Monopoly-style board game was developed by Surf Coast Shire, which generously shared the concept for local adaptation. Council provided a $2000 Community Quick Response Grant towards the project, which is also being funded by the CFA and Emergency Services and State Super (ESSSuper).

This funding has enabled the printing of 150 copies of the game, which are set to be circulated among schools, community centres, libraries, fire stations, cafes and other venues.

Mayor Karen Egan commended the initiative and said Council was thrilled to be a partner in bringing the Nillumbik version of The Fire Game to fruition.

“The Fire Game will increase your knowledge about Nillumbik-specific fire awareness and broader concepts like Total Fire Ban days, Fire Danger ratings and bushfire preparedness,” Cr Egan said.

“Play it with your kids, family and friends, and learn more about fire safety in an engaging and fun way.”

The game is suitable for children in late primary school through to adults. CFA is also providing a copy of the game to all staff community educators working in Nillumbik and is excited to have a new tool with which to engage the community.

Fiona Macken, 3rd Lieutenant and Community Safety Coordinator of the Diamond Creek Fire Brigade, said she hoped the community would take the time to play The Fire Game.

“After the horrific start to the fire season throughout Australia, we’re pleased to be able to bring something positive and genuinely helpful to our community,” she said.

The Fire Game will be available to borrow from local libraries and cafes mid-February. Keep your eye out and take on the challenge!

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