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Beechworth Kids are Fire Safe Kids
As the school holidays roll around, members of the Beechworth Fire Brigade feel a sense of satisfaction, having reached around 340 children with fire safety messages over the past term.
This is the first time the Fire Safe Kids program has been run at Beechworth, and the first time in a few years CFA has delivered sessions in local schools.
Third Lieutenant Tracy McVea, who coordinated the program, said it was fantastic that all the schools within the town and surrounds had embraced the new program.
“We have had very positive feedback with schools asking when we are going to return next year,” she said. “We have also had great feedback from parents and the children, with parents commenting that their children were talking to them about that day’s lesson and encouraging their family to get on board.
“The teachers have been impressed with the links in the program to the schools’ curriculum which has helped with their choice of which classes we will run.
“The pre-school program was also great fun for the children as they got to look at the pumper and spray water from the hoses. According to one four-year-old, ‘jet packs’ (breathing apparatus) are the new equipment of choice for all CFA pumpers."
More school visits are on the cards for next term to the schools yet to be visited including the Montessori School and the childcare centre.
Fire Safe Kids is CFA’s flagship statewide education program delivered by firefighters who undertake a special training program and deliver presentations in schools. Children learn to spot fire hazards in the home, how to crawl low in smoke, bushfire safety messages and become familiar with a firefighter’s role.