Senior Community Engagement Advisor, Country Fire Authority
About Angela Cook
I have worked in CFA’s Community Safety team for over 12 years. Initially working extensively on CFA’s state-wide bushfire safety programs and updating them post 2009 fires up until 2013. I then shifted focus to program inclusion and engaging diverse communities. And in 2013 and 2014 I project managed the development of CFA’s first Aboriginal inclusion plan which deepened my understanding and appreciation of the importance of culture and of the diversity of culture. My role has continued to investigate methods and improve ways of working with diverse communities and I have a particular interest in the participatory approaches of community engagement. This lead to the work in Nhill in 2017/18 with the Karen community and has inspired further participatory approaches with other multicultural communities in Dandenong and Springvale suburbs of Melbourne in 2018 and 2019. On top of this I recently managed the review and revision of CFA’s Fired Up English resource, which is designed for English teachers to teach fire safety to their adult English as Additional Language (EAL) students. This important resource can now be accessed online and help reach a segment of the community that may be at greater risk from fire. And I still keep a hand in bushfire safety and in 2018 also project managed the development of CFA’s first public facing online training module for workers who work in high risk bushfire areas. However, accessibility and inclusion remain a key focus for me alongside, building capability within CFA to engage our diverse communities.