Fire stations in the western region are hosting simulated scenario evenings to demonstrate the harsh reality of confronting a bushfire.
Each scenario includes different ages, health and locations of the people, pets and livestock involved.
CFA education officer Reinhard Pohl said the workshops were designed to facilitate more discussion and create more awareness about the dangers and the need for a plan.
“Hopefully it makes the participants realise that when a fire starts to threaten, if they don’t have some good preparation and don’t have a plan, there is just too much to do in too short a time,” he said.
His biggest frustration was when people told him their plan was simple, to leave.
“I ask them what are your triggers for leaving or how prepared are you to leave? If you don’t have some preparation you can certainly be overwhelmed by all the things you need to do.
“Bushfires threaten you very quickly and it’s so important to have a plan to immediately turn to.”
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