Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Education Key to Keep Homes Safe

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Education Key to Keep Homes Safe

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Byline: Marian Faa

AN OUTBURST of 000 calls from frightened Maryvale residents has prompted a special education effort by rural fire fighters, but more help is vital.

The sinister image of smoke emerging from a vegetation fire in the Maryvale valley on the weekend caused alarm among some residents, who were concerned about their safety and their homes.

Mounting worries on the third day of the bushfire prompted calls for fire fighters to perform a lesser-known role of community education.

Volunteers door knocked around the small Southern Downs township in an effort to reassure residents the fire was safe, despite its threatening look.

Southern Downs area co-ordinator Martin Shepherd said the role of Volunteer Community Educators was crucial at moments like this.

"Our goal is to keep the community updated and informed because there have been a lot of calls to triple-zero," Mr Shepherd said.

The fire, which began as a permitted burn, was first spotted coming over the ridge on Thursday night. …

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