The Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) Bushfire Patrol program’s focus is on bushfire education in schools within the southwest land division of Western Australia (WA); and has been jointly funded through DFES and the Attorney General’s Department, Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP). The program serves as a teaching resource for primary schools that fits within the Australian School Curriculum across a wide subject framework for early childhood, middle and upper primary school students. The intended outcome of the program is to raise students and their family’s awareness, perception of risk and shared responsibility around bushfire in the community.
The program is directed at teachers and provides an online Bushfire Patrol resource, and five lesson plans and activities for each age group. The online resource games, which are missioned based, can be used as an introduction to lesson 1, 2, 4 and 5. The lesson plans can be delivered as a whole unit of work, though are not dependent on students having completed lessons the year before.
This program reflects an inquiry approach where students are directing their learning and applying it to their own location. The key messages include to:
- identify unsafe fire times and risk
- understand bushfire intensity, behaviour and impact potential
- detect key bushfire ready factors to create a well prepared home
- increase capacity to deal with bushfire planning for living in bushfire risky areas
- raise understanding on how a bushfire can impact communities and on the importance of a bushfire survival plan.
Jointly funded by DFES and the Attorney General’s Department