It’s an emergency expo!

Presentations by the SES and the CFA will be major highlights of an emergency expo to be held at Craigieburn Central on Saturday 31 October 2015, from 11am to 4pm.

Hume City Council has organised the Emergency and Community Safety Expo to help inform residents about how they can prepare their property for summer, as well as ways to respond to a fire emergency.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the expo would include a wide variety of exhibits.

“We’ve brought together many of our local emergency services personnel to meet Hume residents,” Cr Atmaca said.

“People will be able to swap their old smoke detector batteries for new ones, and the CFA shall be on hand to answer questions that home owners and tenants may have.

“Representatives of Victoria Police will also take part in the expo, alongside a team from St John Ambulance.

“Experts will review child restraints in cars to ensure they are correctly fitted, and staff members from VicRoads are expected to talk with residents about issues to do with road safety.

“All attendees will be able to inspect emergency vehicles and equipment up close, and activities for children will be available.”

Craigieburn Central has sponsored roving entertainers, and the shopping centre encourages children to dress up as their favourite super hero.

Chase the Police Dog and Marshall the Fire Dog will also make an appearance, from the children’s show Paw Patrol.

Local band The Misfits is scheduled to play live on stage across the lunch period, and Hume Libraries will present a special Storytime.

Cr Atmaca has called on people of all ages to spend some of their Halloween at the expo.

“It’s a really useful way to learn about how to stay safe, and a great chance to speak directly with Hume’s emergency crews,” he said.

“There will be plenty of prizes on hand, and we’ll ensure the day is a relaxed occasion in which people can mingle with others from their neighbourhood.

“I want to thank all organisations who have agreed to participate in the emergency expo, and particularly appreciate the support of Craigieburn Central.”

Hume City Council will hand out information at the expo on ways that people can reduce the risk of fire damage. For example, residents should:

• mow grass regularly so that it remains short;
• clear leaves from gutters, and remove branches and leaves away from their property;
• test that each smoke detector works, and install additional detectors if required; and
• inspect water tanks to determine if they are fitted with a tap that can attach to a CFA hose.

Council’s work in the next few months will include slashing vegetation that may pose a fire risk.

In addition, Hume officers will:

• inspect properties and vacant blocks to determine the need for grass cutting;
• issue notices to residents who need to clean up their properties; and
• deliver information to many residents on what they should do in the event of a bushfire.

Further information on how residents can prepare for an emergency is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 13 October 2015

Updated : 12:20 PM, 16 October 2015

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