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Hands on fun with Stratford brigade
Students at St Patrick’s Primary School were treated to a visit from the local Stratford fire brigade last Friday 6 June, to learn about home fire safety through CFA’s Fire Safe Kids program.
Firefighter Josh and Firefighter Jason, both past students of the school, let children use the fire hose, climb on the truck and even switch on the sirens.
Students were shown the Breathing Apparatus and uniform used by firefighters when battling home fires.
They also practised getting down low below the smoke, and the correct procedure for safely exiting their home as well as identifying fire risk in their home.
The day was extremely worthwhile for everyone involved, says Martha Johnson, CFA Community Education Officer.
“The children were very excited and enthusiastic about the visit. They were really well behaved and, while they had a lot of fun, you could see they were learning a lot,” said Martha.
“The Stratford Brigade is excellent with this sort of community education work and we thank them for their time. These important messages are a lot more engaging coming from firefighters – especially the volunteers from Stratford!”
David Baxter, Captain of Stratford brigade is already planning for the next visit.
“We’re looking forward to visiting the school again in October. We visited the younger classes this time and next time we’ll be seeing the students from year three to six – we might even be able to bring the smokehouse,” said David.
Fire Safe Kids is a CFA educational program for primary and pre-primary students, covering a range of topics in both home and bushfire safety that targets each year level.
The free interactive and engaging presentations are designed to support the teacher with strong curriculum links for each grade, pre and post visit lesson plans and support material as well as a number of giveaways for the students.
If you would like to request a Fire Safe Kids session you can call 1800 799 203
(free call) or visit: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/kids-schools/request-a-session/