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5 years on – Firefoxes Australia Continues to Grow

7 February 2014  marks five years since the devastating “Black Saturday” firestorm ravaged Victoria, including the Kinglake Ranges, changing people forever.

CFA Fire Awareness AwardsFIREFOXES was born from this tragedy by local women who provided assistance to people in the region in the months and years following the fires.

They have hosted an incredible array of events that bring the community and families together including Family Retreats, Women’s Leadership Retreats, TRE workshops, family snow holidays, Wunder-Woman Weekends (specifically aimed to up-skill women in the community), CFA and Firefoxes Fire Preparedness activities and continues to host monthly dinners for 75+ people.

Five years on, FIREFOXES continues to be a leader in the recovery efforts Australia wide, along with being an example of grass roots resilience and what is possible after disaster.   FIREFOXES has contributed immensely to the re-building of a more resilient community and also has an international presence in disaster recovery.

 FIREFOXES encourages “Creating A New Normal and Realising Your Dreams” and they have filled a large gap in the long emotional recovery process.  FIREFOXES share the lessons learnt and knowledge with other communities, covering everything from preparedness, response, and recovery for women, men and children and what is possible at a grass roots level.

Firefoxes were most recently awarded:

Community Group of the Year 2013 in the Regional Achievement & Community Awards.

State and National Award Winner of the Resilient Australia Award; an Australian Government initiative, sponsored by Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, recognising innovative practices and achievements making communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage any emergency situation.

Winner of Fire Awareness Award (Recovery Award category); a collaborative venture between Victoria’s fire agencies – Country Fire Authority (CFA), Metropolitan Fire and  Emergency Services Board (MFB) and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and supported by the Fire Services Commissioner.