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CFA & College are winners
The Rushworth P-12 Year 9 CFA Advance Fire Crew has been awarded the 2012 Fire Awareness Awards – Education. The announcement was made at the awards ceremony held in Melbourne on Monday 3 December.
A group made up of students, teachers and volunteers involved with the program were delighted when Victoria’s Deputy Premier, Hon Peter Ryan made the presentation following the announcement naming them as the winners of the Education Category.
Speaking after the announcement Colbinabbin volunteer, Brian Wright said all involved with the project greatly appreciated the award which was confirmation by the Fire Awards judging panel of the success and value of the project. The project is a true community partnership between the College, the students and the local brigades and would not be possible without all three working together.
Rushworth P-12 College Community Involvement Program Coordinator, Greg Hutchison noted the benefits that it has for the Year 9 students as volunteers kindly give of their time to support them in their Leadership and Community development. Volunteers also work side by side with students to not only equip them with basic bushfire fighting skills, but also to give our students an opportunity to develop their confidence, leadership, assertiveness and personal skills and attributes.
After the award ceremony students Grace McDonald and Andrew Gelsi reflected on their year as part of the Fire Crew. Both agreed that as well as all the theory and practical skills they learnt, the importance of teamwork was paramount, as the crews would not have been able to achieve results without the support and encouragement of each member and the instructors. They added that they were trained up to the best of their ability and that the skill levels obtained came to the fore when they participated at the CFA’s Training Grounds at Huntly and Wangaratta. All in all, the year has been a great year and they have all enjoyed the experience.
The program, which commenced in 2001, has become an essential part of the P-12’s Year 9 Community Involvement Program. Beginning in term two and running until half way through final term., students are taken through the CFA’s minimum skills by volunteers from Murchison, Rushworth, Stanhope and Colbinabbin brigades. CFA Loddon Mallee Region’s Training & Development team provide documentation and support.
Over the years of the program all Brigades involved have obtained new members out of it. They also tend to become very strong members in the brigades they join.