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Media Release

FESA celebrates NAIDOC week at Family Fun Day in Ashfield
Wednesday 6 July 2011 – 5:30 PM


Members of the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and State Emergency Service (SES) will attend the NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day tomorrow at Ashfield Reserve.
The Family Fun Day is a joint initiative from the Town of Bassendean and the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service.
The FRS and SES will take the opportunity to reinforce home fire safety and storm messages to the local community so people can stay safe this winter.
Lisa Busuttil from the SES is hoping to gain a better understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and how to support their efforts in preparing for natural hazards.
“The SES is always looking for ways to engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and learn how we can better support them,” she says.
“NAIDOC Week gives us an opportunity to do that in a fun and friendly environment.”
“The SES believes that educating the community empowers them to feel safer in their home in an emergency situation and gives them a stepping stone in helping them recover from significant events.”
Syd Bignell from the Fire and Rescue Service says fire safety in the home is of great importance to all families.
“Firefighters have been involved in this event for a few years. This year we will be focusing on raising awareness of risks within the home and ensuring children are supervised around potential fire causing appliances,” he says.
NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day attendees will have the opportunity of winning a storm safe kit and a home fire safety kit after completing a short questionnaire. The kits will include some of the essential equipment needed to prepare for a storm or prevent fires in the home.
NAIDOC week runs from 3 to 10 July and this year’s theme is ‘it’s our future – change: the next step is ours’.
The NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day celebrations will take place tomorrow at the Ashfield Reserve in Ashfield from 10am to 3pm.
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