Over 130 career firefighters, volunteer firefighters and local government staff spent last weekend in Oakford working together in preparation for bushfire season. Coordinated by DFES and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, the exercise refreshed skills in the early identification of risk to people and property and worked with the local community to help them better understand what they can do to get ready for summer.
Are you ready? To find out what you can do, visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au
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A WA bushfire survivor is leading the campaign to protect properties from the devastation of fires this summer as a new website is launched for faster, clearer emergency alerts. www.emergency.wa.gov.au
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services have today launched the educational story book, Aaron’s Promise, that teaches young children about the dangers of playing with fire.
Written by volunteer firefighter and Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Support Officer Chris Cairns the book calls on young readers to share in Aaron’s promise to never to play with lighters again.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said that young children don’t always realise or understand the lifelong consequences of playing with fire.
“Aaron’s Promise is aimed at children between four and eight years old and tells the tale of a young boy whose curiosity has disastrous consequences after finding a lighter in the park,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“It’s normal for children to be curious about fire, however when their curiosity gets the better of them it can result in heartbreaking consequences including serious burns and devastating damage to property and the environment.
“This is where a well written book with beautiful illustrations can reach children in ways that adults sometimes can’t, reinforcing how dangerous playing with fire is.”
Commissioner Gregson said that every year there are hundreds of fires caused by children playing with fire.
“In the past three years over 800 bushfires and 145 structural fires have been caused by people under 18 – these are preventable fires that put the community at unnecessary risk,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“DFES has a number of educational programs and resources to educate young people about fire safety, and Aaron’s Promise is just one more tool to increase awareness.”
Aaron’s Promise will be distributed to local government libraries and primary schools, to parents of young children who are referred to the JAFFA Program and to firefighters delivering the Firefighter School Visit Program.
In preparation for the bush fire season the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade provided a little refresher training for our MR Driver Licence members, now ready to support in fire appliance transfers as required. Honk Honk!
In the lead up to summer and the bush fire season, DFES has a series of educational games for kids around bush fire behaviour and being bush fire ready on their website. If you've got some budding young fire fighters at home have a look at Bushfire Patrol!
About Bushfire Patrol 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…
The KVBFB is happy to assist research into greater understanding of arson and other fire setting behaviours in WA. It would greatly assist understanding of this behaviour if people would read the following and respond to the survey.
My name is Struan Graham and I am" an honours student in a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice degree at Edith Cowan University. I am completing a research project on firesetting and fire interest, which forms part of the requirements of my degree. This project aims to develop an understanding of society’s use of fire and why people may choose to engage in firesetting behaviours. This project has been approved by ECU’s Human Research Ethics Committee.
Additionally, if you have any questions about the research project, or require further information, you can contact the following: Student Researcher: Struan Graham Email: email@example.com
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