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Media Release

Community and government programs win resilience awards
Friday 6 July 2012 – 3:00 PM

Community and government programs win resilience awards

A FESA fire safety program has been recognised through a national awards program for its significant contribution to enhancing community safety in Western Australia.

FESA’s Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Program was today named winner of the 2012 Resilient Australia Awards for WA, which is sponsored by the Australian Government’s  Attorney General’s Department.

Chief Executive Officer Wayne Gregson said the JAFFA program was a free, confidential education and support program for children aged six to 16 years who have been involved in lighting fires.

“This is an exceptional program that is well recognised and respected for the tremendous work that it does in helping young people to learn more about fire safety and the consequences of lighting fires,” he said.

Mr Gregson commended all the award winners and nominees from around the State who were involved in the Resilient Awards Program and for their efforts in trying to build community safety and resilience in WA local communities.

“WA faces disasters such as floods, cyclones, bushfires and storms every year ¬- all of which have significant impacts on local communities,” he said.

“Community based programs such as these can make a significant difference in supporting local communities to be well prepared and recover quickly following a major emergency.

“I commend and congratulate the individuals and teams that have made it their goal to protect WA local communities.”

Mr Gregson said in the awards category for Volunteer Organisations and Community Groups both FESA and the Denmark High School Cadet Unit were rewarded with the top award for their project ‘Denmark FESA Cadets’ which recruits young people into the emergency volunteer services. 

He said the City of Cockburn was highly commended in the Local Government category with their ‘Can you do 72!’ project which aimed to educate people on how to survive the first 72 hours following a major disaster such as a bushfire.

FESA’s Improving Pastoral Community Resilience project was highly commended for its work helping pastoralists in the Nullarbor develop plans to mitigate the threat of bushfire, ahead of a season that ravaged three million hectares across the region.

Mr Gregson said FESA’s JAFFA program would now progress as a finalist in the National Resilient Australia Awards to be held in December at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The list of this year’s award recipients is below.

WA 2012 Resilient Australia Awards

1. Volunteer Organisations and Community Groups
Organisation: Baldivis Bush Fire Brigade
Project: Brigade Operating Procedures
Organisations: Denmark High School Cadet Unit and FESA
Project: Denmark FESA Cadets
2. Local Government

Highly commended
Organisation: City of Cockburn
Project: Can you do 72!

3. State Government

Highly commended
Organisation: FESA
Project: Improving Pastoral Community Resilience
Organisation: FESA
Project: Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Program
4. State Award
Organisation: FESA
Project: Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Program​

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