Volunteers from Mount Martha brigade give more than 10 presentations of the Fire Safe Kids program a year to several schools and kindergartens in the area. As part of this program, senior and junior children from Peninsula Special College visit Mount Martha brigade every two years.
The sessions show the kids different firefighting uniforms and teaches them how and when to ring Triple Zero, ‘Get Down Low and Go Go Go’, ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’, fire safety in the home and smoke alarms.
“Fire safety is so important – it could save your life, so hopefully we give these children a better understanding of the dangers of fires,” said Patricia Richardson, one of the organisers.
“We make the sessions as fun as possible with many activities. We also let the children have a look through the firetrucks and squirt the hose, which they love!”
Mount Eliza members visit Camp Manyung five times a year to assist the Kids with Cancer program, Camp Challenge (children with cancer and other blood disorders) and Muscular Dystrophy Australia.
The children, aged between 4 and 11, spend a few hours with CFA members who give them firetruck rides to the beach and around the local area.
Mt Eliza First Lieutenant Chris Nicholson said CFA members also show the children how to use the fire hoses.
“Carers at the camp continually tell us that the highlight of the camp for the children is the rides in the firetrucks,” he said.
“Many of the children are experiencing very tough times in their lives so it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to take their mind off things and put a smile on their faces.”