Hotspots Hotshots and Hotspots Cafe
Tuesday, 24th March 2015
Hotspots is particularly successful when local RFS brigades have capacity to be involved beyond workshop delivery and provide follow-up activities to further strengthen community resilience.
The local RFS volunteer brigade Captain Sharon Field has been working to strengthen connections between the community and her brigade to support improved bush fire preparedness across the whole community.
During the workshop participants received support to develop property fire management plans and have an opportunity to participate in demonstration burns. At Burra the demo burn also provided an opportunity for landholders to work shoulder to shoulder with local brigade members to prepare the burn sites by clearing leaf litter on boundaries and protecting significant trees.
Follow-up from the workshops has already begun with the brigade hosting a number of “Hotspots Café” events where workshop participants and other community members were supported in developing their Bush Fire Survival Plans, reviewing existing plans and discussing hazard reduction activities around their homes. The most recent of which was attended by over 40 local residents.
“We gained a new recruit and met a family which has just moved into the valley who decided to come along to meet people. In all it was a great morning and successful. A number of people indicated that they would come back next month with revised or completed Bush Fire Survival Plans for us to check.”
- Sharon Field (Burra RFS Brigade Captain)
As a result of this Hotspots series and the continuing momentum surrounding it, this community is increasing its involvement in hazard reduction planning. Some members of the community are now keen to develop Local Action Plans for their streets. This community level planning can then feed into district level planning demonstrating a ‘bottom-up’ level approach to mitigating risk.
”We now have the situation where individuals understand risk as well as biodiversity issues and can now actively contribute to community level fire management planning.”
- Phil Paterson (Hotspots Facilitator)
Check out the Community Engagement for Resilient Landscapes and Resilient Communities Case Study to find out more.