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CFA visits Woodside Primary School
Thursday 9 June saw approximately 41 students from Woodside Primary School participate in a CFA home fire safety session at the school.
The students engaged in an interactive discussion about home fire safety, covering home fire escape plans, getting out and staying out during fires, the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes, additionally the main causes of home fires in Victoria.
The session was facilitated by Woodside brigade members Tarra Group Officer Robert White, First Lieutenant Darren Richardson, Fourth Lieutenant Brendan Simmons, Ben Trotter, CFA community liaison bushfire engagement employee and, of course, Captain Koala.
The children were led by Captain Koala from their theory session across the road to the Woodside Hall and recreation area and given the opportunity to crawl through the CFA smoke house aimed at reinforcing the importance of 'getting down low in smoke' and secondly the significance of having a practised home fire escape plan.
The children were also taken on a tour of the Woodside tanker and given the opportunity to work the fire hoses, sirens and truck's safety equipment.
It was great to see how many children were well aware of the causes of home fires. One child shared that they would be going home that night to “tell mum and dad to test the smoke alarms”.
“Fire safety education is such an important subject in primary years," said Community Education Coordinator CFA South East Region Jodie Wilmes.
"Not only does it embed and reinforce important fire safety messages that can be drawn on throughout the children’s lives, many children take what they learn from these types of sessions back to their families to create awareness within their own homes.
“In 2015 in the South East Region alone, CFA responded to a residential structure fire every 1,949 minutes. These statistics can be reduced by making simple changes within our homes like testing smoke alarms often and ensuring our electrical and heating appliances are clean and in good working order.”