Five minutes to save lives and homes: Dawesville bushfire preparedness campaign for 2020/21

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Falcon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service will be undertaking a bushfire preparedness campaign in Dawesville in the lead-up to the 2020-21 summer period.

While the outlook for this year's fire season is similar to that of previous years, Dawesville's exposure to bushfire is significant compared to other parts of the Falcon fire district.

With a significant amount of interface between residential areas and bushland, should a fire start within Dawesville, residents, and their properties, could be at significant risk.

"While we will always respond to and fight any bushfire in our district, it is important that residents support us by making sure that they are prepared should their property come under threat," captain Kim Glass said.

"This year's preparedness campaign is about targeting those areas in Dawesville we feel would be most at risk should a bushfire occur, and making sure residents are comfortable and aware of what they can do to prepare for, and respond to a bushfire."

To facilitate this, Falcon VFRS will be undertaking a number of 'street meets' on December 5 in Dawesville targeting residents in vulnerable areas, financially supported by the state government's AWARE initiative.

"We strongly encourage all residents in Dawesville to come out and speak to our team on the 5th.

"In a bushfire every five minutes counts, so spending five minutes now to learn how to plan will pay dividends should your property come under threat," Captain Glass said.

"If someone can't make it on the 5th, we strongly encourage them to visit dfes.gov.au/firechat to learn more about how they can keep themselves and their property safe."