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CFS messages must continue beyond BAW

6/11/2012

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has concluded its Bushfire Action Week activities by encouraging South Australians to continue the momentum of fire prevention and safety initiatives through the Fire Danger Season.

CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton who launched Bushfire Action Week with the Emergency Services Minister Jennifer Rankine said he hoped it would prompt people to update or develop a Bushfire Survival Plan.

"Anyone who lives, works or travels in an area where a bushfire can occur and whose Bushfire Survival Plan involves leaving early before, or an a bad fire day, should familiarise themselves with where they can relocate to for their safety,' he said.

CFS Prevention Services Manager Leigh Miller said during the past week, messages and activities promoting bushfire safety have been well received by individuals and communities who recognise the importance of being Bushfire Ready.

"The feedback we have noted directly to the CFS and through our social media networks has been enthusiastic and positive," Mr Miller said.

"This includes people supporting our efforts to generate widespread interest in bushfire prevention and who have been encouraged to take responsibility for their personal and family's safety," he said.

Some of the positive outcomes from Bushfire Action Week include the formation of a new Community Fire Safe Group at Mount Barker, a receptive audience to the CFS Community Education presentation at Aldinga Library and successful BAW community event in Cummins.

"What I don't want to see is this interest start to wane beyond this week of reminders and activities that encouraged people to get involved in bushfire prevention activities," Mr Miller said.

"This means being proactive by doing things such as developing a Bushfire Survival Plan or taking part in CFS community meetings."

For more information about Bushfire Survival Plans visit the CFS website at www.cfs.sa.gov.au

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