CFA volunteers from Sale Fire Brigade visited Guthridge Primary School to educate students about the risk of house fires and what to do in the unlikely event of a fire.
CFA Operations Manager and member of the school community Allan Rankin said, “With recent house fires in and around Sale, home fire safety is at the forefront of parent’s minds. We are all responsible for fire safety in the home”.
Sue Burnett said, “The visit from the CFA was a fantastic learning opportunity for our students. They now have skills and strategies should they ever be in a situation where there is a fire. The visit stimulated much discussion amongst the students and their teachers.
“It was particularly great to know that many of the students discussed their home fire safety plan with their families.”
Over two days, 270 students participated in the Fire Safe Kids program, which is a wonderful achievement.
As a result of CFA visiting the school, teachers have requested follow up lessons in the lead-up to summer to further educate their students.
Community Education Coordinator Nicole Cooper-Warneke said, “I was overwhelmed when I returned on the second day and students were running up to me saying that they had checked their smoke alarms and got their mum or dad to check that the alarms worked.”
There are more than 4,500 house fires in Melbourne and Victoria annually, with CFA brigades attending more than 2000 of these fires.
This statistic alone is a good reason why residents and families should have working smoke alarms and a Home Fire Safety plan.