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Aboriginal Communities Program
The Aboriginal Communities Program is run by Fire and Rescue New South Wales (NSW), and aims to engage and build relationships with Aboriginal communities to assist them in developing programs to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing safety.
The project has three goals:
- to reduce fires and other emergencies within Aboriginal communities
- to build capacity within Aboriginal communities to increase their preparedness for, and resilience to fires and other emergencies
- to engage and build relationships with Aboriginal communities to assist them in developing programs to improve Indigenous housing safety.
Components of this program include:
- safety promotions through the Indigenous media including press (such as the Koori Mail), radio and TV
- involvement in a range of Aboriginal community events including running displays and giving out safety materials and promotional items
- six Aboriginal Community Fire Units (CFUs) have already been set up in locations with substantial Indigenous communities
- traditional fire stories have been sourced that assist in communicating respect and understanding of fires to younger members of Indigenous communities.
Abstract adapted from Fire and Rescue NSW
Level 10, 227 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box A249
Sydney South NSW 1232
Ph: (02) 9265 2999
Fax: (02) 9265 2988
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