Firies teach valuable lessons

Bibbenluke Public School students have fun with radios, helmets and fire jacket.
Bibbenluke Public School students have fun with radios, helmets and fire jacket.

TWO of the district’s primary schools – Bibbenluke Primary School and Delegate Primary School – were visited recently by the NSW Fire and Rescue. 

Malcolm Lavender from the Bombala Fire Station visited the schools as part of the NSWFB Fire Ed program. 

“This was our second year being invited back into the classrooms which is very pleasing,” fire officer Lavender said. 

“Our visits have continued to coincide with classroom emergency evacuation drills held at each school.”

The NSWFB Fire ED program is a fire safety awareness program structured specifically to the cognitive ability of children in the age group of 5-12 years. 

The children actively participated in demonstrations and discussions on emergency strategies for both at school and at home.

“This year our objective was to develop children’s confidence with the introduction a new 

activity to the NSWFB Fire Ed Program,” officer Lavender said.

“In the safe controlled environment of the classroom, children had the opportunity to experience making and listening to a 000 call.” 

The NSWFB SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) was on display again with a visual display of a mock search and rescue in the classroom. 

“It was a wonderful opportunity to reinforce key safety messages and hopefully discussion at home,” officer Lavender said.

Fire and Rescue NSW’s purpose is to enhance community safety, quality of life and confidence by minimising the impact of hazards and emergency incidents on the people, environment and economy of NSW. 

“The best way to keep your family out of harm’s way and identify potential risks is by doing a FRNSW/GIO online home fire safety checklist and making sure you have working smoke alarms and a practised home escape plan,” officer Lavender said.

Other winter fire safety tips include:

• Turning off heaters before going to sleep 

• Keeping clothing and other flammable materials at least 1m from heaters and open fires

• Turning off electric blankets before going to sleep

• Not overloading power points

• Not leaving cooking, and other open-flame materials such as cigarettes and candles, unattended.

“Please feel free to contact the Bombala Fire station by phoning  

0407 583 779 direct or visit our website where families can also find many valuable resources including home evacuation plans and interactive games for their children. 

The Bombala Fire Station looks forward to upcoming visits to Bombala and St Joseph’s primary schools and also Bombala High School. 


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