Monterey Fire Ready
Monterey Secondary College is a school in Frankston North, one of Victoria’s most disadvantaged areas. In an environment where there has been arson, vandalism and anti-social behaviour the school was looking to improving student’s educational and life prospects. Inspired by work with Parks Victoria, the school developed an education program in collaboration with Magenta Safety Training and Parks Victoria. The program – Monterey Fire Ready – involves students completing a Public Safety Certificate in Fire Awareness, where students at the college learn a range of practical skills about fire, such as safe clothing, how to respond to a car accident, and electrical safety in the home. The program also connects with Parks Victoria, where students are involved in fuel monitoring in their local area.
The benefits of the program have been wide-ranging and about more than just fire awareness. For students, working with firefighters on practical skills has motivated them to learn, provided mentors, opened up new career pathways and deterred arson.
Judges commended the project for effectively promoting fire safety and for its transformative impact on students.
Balmoral Fire Connect
Barnawartha – Indigo Valley Bushfire Recovery
Cape Otway Fuel Reduction and Ecological Burns Program
The above finalists are all category award winners, for further information about the projects, please see other award catergories.