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SmokeBUSter display features at VU Safety Week

Victoria University will host its annual Safety Week across five campuses from Monday 19 April to Friday 23 April to increase safety awareness for staff and students.

For the first time, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade's (MFB) smokeBUSter mobile education unit will be at VU to offer visitors an interactive experience of a fire through the eyes of a firefighter. Using high-tech audio and lighting, the mobile display takes participants through the firefighting experience – from the time a fire station receives an alert to the aftermath of a house fire.

Other emergency services experts will also be on hand to offer safety advice, demonstrations, displays and presentations about staying safe at home, on the street, in the water and on public transport. They include Victoria Police, Life Saving Victoria, and VU security and sports and fitness staff.

Fifteen VU Safety Ambassadors – VU students trained to assist fellow students with specific safety concerns – will also participate.

Safety Week giveaways will include fridge magnets, batteries for smoke alarms, personal torches and public transport timetables. Black cabs will supply free food.

VU's Safety Week was launched three years ago as a University-wide initiative to provide practical safety information targeted to the VU community.   

Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Harman said: "Crossing the road, swimming in the ocean and using public transport late at night can all present risks to our safety. Safety Week is designed to provide important information to manage these risks."

What: Safety Week at Victoria University

When: 11.00am-1.00pm


Monday 19 April – Footscray Nicholson Campus (Telford Café precinct)

Tuesday 20 April – City Flinders Campus (level 9)

Wednesday 21 April – Footscray Park Campus (Building M Foyer)

Thursday April 22 – St Albans Campus (Bldg 9 Café Precinct)

Friday 23 April – Sunshine Campus (Bldg E Café Precinct)

VU Media Contact:

Jim Buckell, Acting Senior Media Officer, Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University Ph: (03) 9919 4243 or 0400 465 459

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