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October Set for Community Safety

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04 Oct 2010
An action-packed, inter-agency emergency service display kicked off Community Safety Month in Melbourne.

Victoria Police officers, CFA and MFB firefighters, VICSES road rescue volunteers and Ambulance Victoria paramedics came together on Friday 1 October in a demonstration of how we work together during emergencies including car crashes, medical emergencies and fires.

Over 100 children on school holidays came out in the sunshine to see their emergency service heroes perform fire and road rescues, before getting the opportunity to squirt the fire hose, check out the fire trucks, ambulance and police car and even be breath tested!

Community Safety month runs for the whole month of October, with the premier event to be Docklands Community Safety Day on 24 October - a free family event with lots to see!

There will be live demonstrations throughout the day to show how services “work together” during an emergency.

The wow factor will be high, with helicopters, boats, fire trucks, working dogs and horses, interactive displays, and live emergency demonstrations throughout the day to show how services work together during an emergency.

Community Safety Month was initiated by the Victorian Safe Communities Network in 1996 and is held in October each year.

The month encompasses a whole host of local events in partnership with local communities, groups, schools, regional services, businesses, state and local government departments and agencies, community safety organisations and emergency service agencies. (Check out the events calendar.)

The month also recognises and celebrates the ongoing promotion of safety issues by community groups, agencies, researchers, businesses and all levels of government.

Community safety month isn’t just limited to emergency services; it incorporates active safety right across the community, including crime prevention, personal safety, safe work practices and staying safe during an emergency.

For more information contact: MFB Media (03) 9665 4699

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