Volunteers Chris Cairns and Bob Littman from the Roleystone Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service were presented with an award from the Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA) in recognition of their outstanding achievement in injury prevention and safety.
The two volunteers were joint recipients of ICCWA’s 2014 ‘Individual Achievement Award’ for their commitment to DFES Community Engagement programs including the Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) and Bushfire Ready programs.
Through their voluntary work as JAFFA Support Officers, Chris and Bob provide education and intervention to address fire lighting behaviour in children. Over the past 12 years they have visited the homes of many children, delivering fire safety education which addresses the risks associated with each child’s fire behaviour.
They also discuss burn injuries, legal consequences, the potential impact on the environment and emergency service workers, and provide information on home fire safety, smoke alarms and evacuation plans.
As Bushfire Ready facilitators, Chris and Bob have both worked hard to build the capacity of the community to be able to prepare for and respond to bushfires.
This has involved conducting numerous community engagement activities including street meets, station open days, information displays and community meetings. They are currently responsible for overseeing 40 Bushfire Ready Street Co-ordinators, who they train and support to operate the program in their area.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) Gary Gifford said Chris and Bob have been leaders in the field for many years.
“They have both been members of the Roleystone Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service for over 20 years and for the past 12 years they have both volunteered their time to be JAFFA Support Officers and Bushfire Ready Facilitators,” AC Gifford said.
“Whilst they have always been recognised at the local level, it is fantastic that their achievements have now been acknowledged by the State.
“Chris and Bob donate hundreds of hours each year to these valuable community safety programs. They have had a positive influence on dozens of children and have touched the lives of many people in their community.
“The efforts of Bob, Chris and the Roleystone Volunteer Fire Brigade have provided community members with the skills to prepare and respond to bushfires. Residents have also benefited from being part of a supportive network, which enables them to work together more effectively.”
For more information on the JAFFA or Bushfire Ready Programs, contact DFES Community Engagement on 08 9395 9816.