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Bushfire Patrol helping students prepare for bushfire
Thursday 6 December 2018 – 11:00 AM

​School teachers in the southern parts of the State will have access to an exciting education program with the re-release of Bushfire Patrol, a resource to assist students in years 4-6 understand and prepare for the dangers of bushfire.

Like the North West Bushfire Patrol program launched earlier this year, the program has been developed with geographically and culturally appropriate resources for the region and will be a great resource for teachers to use in the 2019 school curriculum. 

The teaching resources are available for all primary schools in the area from Geraldton down to Augusta and across to Esperance and can be found on the school education page on the DFES website.

Bushfire Patrol will help reduce the number of preventable bushfires throughout the south west parts of the State and provide engaging, hands on activities enabling students to:

know how to identify safe and unsafe fire behaviour;

understand bushfire risks, including bushfire weather;

develop a range of skills to help respond to bushfire;

develop personal behaviours and strategies to stay safe when there is a fire;

understand the impact of deliberate fires on communities and the environment;

know where to access information about a location’s risk, the Fire Danger Ratings for the day and bushfire advices and warnings; and

initiate a five minute Fire Chat and create a bushfire plan with their family.

DFES Assistant Commissioner Resilience and Recovery Rick Curtis said these programs are a vital part of educating the community to take a shared responsibility and be prepared for bushfires.

“With much of our State being bushfire prone it is important we educate and support the community to prepare themselves and their family members for bushfire,” Assistant Commissioner Curtis said.

“An important part of that education is teaching primary school students to understand how they can stay safe during a bushfire and equip them with the skills and knowledge to prepare for and take appropriate actions during a bushfire.

“Bushfire Patrol is fun and engaging, with students completing a bushfire plan with their family, gaining understanding of their bushfire risk and taking part in school bushfire emergency drills.

“By sharing their new skills with their family it increases bushfire preparedness and safety throughout the community.” 

For further information about the program contact educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au or visit the school education page.​