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Media Release

Kimberley kids paint picture of fire safety
Wednesday 3 August 2011 – 5:05 PM

Artwork created by school children from St Mary’s and Cable Beach Primary Schools is on display this week at Broome Library, as part of FESA’s Good Fire Bad Fire education program.
FESA delivered the program to more than 1000 students from Years 3 to 7 across the Kimberley over the last two months.
The program teaches children the difference between a “good” fire and a “bad” fire, while reinforcing what they should do if they see any suspicious behaviour or burning fires.
FESA Community Safety Coordinator Heather McNamara said the program encouraged students to think about the consequences of fire.
“Young people need to be aware of the damage that fire can do, to the environment as well as to their friends, family and themselves,” she said.
“One third of the Kimberley is destroyed by bushfires every year and many fires are preventable.”

“Young and old people alike need to be aware that good fires can become bad fires very quickly.”
FESA urges people to be vigilant against bushfires in the Kimberley:
  • Never leave your camp fire unattended and always put it out with water before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
  • Check at roadhouses and police stations for any reported fires and if you do see a fire turn around and go back to the nearest town until the threat passes.
  • Decide if you will stay and defend your home or leave early if a bushfire threatens your home. Develop a bushfire survival plan based on your decision.
  • To report suspicious behaviour you should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Ring triple zero (000) to report a fire.

For more bushfire safety information visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au

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