Raising fire awareness for Port Fairy visitors

VISITORS staying in Port Fairy’s caravan parks are the target of a new campaign to increase awareness about total fire ban days.

The project, which has been introduced by the town’s fire brigade, involves flags raised at each of the parks on days of high fire danger.

Port Fairy fire brigade first lieutenant Bruce Holcombe said it was easy for people on holidays to be unaware of total fire bans.

“Our station is tucked away out of the road, so people can’t easily see the total fire ban flag we’re flying,” Mr Holcombe told The Standard.

“And people on holidays are not necessarily listening to the radio or watching TV.

“We’re trying to get a higher awareness of total fire ban days out there.”

He said a flag would also be flown on the Village Green to alert people of high fire danger days.

The campaign was not in response to a particular incident, Mr Holcombe said.

“We haven’t had a major issue but we have had some major grassfires in the past few years that might have been started by silliness.

If people are uncertain of what they can and can’t do in relation to barbecues and outdoor cooking on total fire ban days, they can visit the CFA website.

Mr Holcombe said the brigade was also trying to ensure caravan park offices and staff had information about total fire ban days on hand for visitors.

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