With a number of house fires in and around Gippsland this winter, volunteers Phil Graham, Trevor Smith, Michael Knight and Captain Rob Morgan saw this as an opportunity to engage with the youth in their town and reinforce Home Fire Safety messages.
Phil Graham said “as volunteers we see it as joint responsibility between home, school and brigade to teach our children about fire safety, before they are affected”.
Captain Koala also visited the school and participated with the students in activities such as using the smoke parachute, which teaches children to crawl low in smoke – Get Down Low & Go, Go, Go.
“It was great to see the teachers using the pre and post lesson plans provided for the Fire Safe Kids program. It helps reinforce the messages we are there to deliver” said Mr Graham.
Community Education Coordinator Nicole Cooper-Warneke said “It’s fantastic to see brigades taking the initiative to educate their community about fire safety and to see the enjoyment the students get out of it”.
“Over two days approximately 200 students participated in the Fire Safe Kids program, which is a wonderful achievement”.