The Education Award recognises an innovative fire-related education project. The category may include projects that:
- Specifically target students; and/or
- Involve students in the delivery of a community fire project.
Examples of projects include but are not restricted to:
- innovative accredited training programs in schools and registered training organisations
- student exhibitions
- community training workshops
- creative and accessible education programs
- integrated units of inquiry
- students teaching students initiatives
- learning through action initiatives
This category is open to: schools, education providers, registered training organisations, youth groups/organisations and community education providers.
2015 Education Award Winner
Anglesea fire education Initiative – “Survive and Thrive” Program
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The project must be initiated and led by a school, education provider or youth group/organisation , but can involve one or more fire agencies (MFB, CFA and DELWP) in a supporting role – for example providing expert advice or acting as a subject matter expert.
Where appropriate projects must meet the standards and procedures of the Victorian fire agencies.
Projects that have been previously shortlisted as a Fire Awareness Award finalist cannot be resubmitted without further significant development.
All projects entered must have been in place within 2 years of the opening date for entry in the 2016 Awards (30 June 2014 and 30 June 2016), and implemented in Victoria.
CFA, DELWP, MFB, EMV and Parks Victoria employees and members are ineligible to enter this award.
Fire service agencies should apply to one of the Fire Services Awards: Local-led Prevention and Preparedness; Partnership; or Project of State Significance awards.
2015 Education Award finalists
Fire Ready Frankston Video Competition – led by Frankston City Council and Frankston High School
The Fire Ready Frankston Film competition was established in partnership between Frankston City Council, CFA and Frankston High School as a means to creatively engage with students and the local community so that they are empowered to motivate Frankston City community members to undertake appropriate bushfire preparations in order to protect their households and their property in case of a bushfire. The aim of the competition was to:
- enhance fire safety knowledge among Frankston High School students
- produce and promote videos on bushfire safety that are made by the community and for the community
- promote individual and community responsibility regarding fire safety, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery
- reinforce the relationship between Council, the school, the CFA, Frankston High School students and the wider Frankston City community
- establish a means to embed disaster resilience education into school curriculum in a way that would be productive for students, the school and government agencies holding emergency management responsibilities.
In total 22 entries were submitted by students and involved a total of 45 students. Some of the videos can be viewed here:
Promoting Emergency Preparedness and Resilience for Youth – led by Yarram Secondary College
The school felt that it was important to implement a program that would ensure that older students were better educated and prepared for a fire, especially in the wake of the 2015 Jack River bushfire that affected both students and staff. All years 7 to 9 students take part in the schools Community Engagement and Broadening Horizons Programs with the aim to improve the students’ fire awareness and emergency preparedness planning and to learn to assist other students.
This included year 9 students partnering with the Bushfire Recovery Officer from Wellington Shire Council to undertake a Teenagers in Emergencies Project. Students reviewed emergency management plans and policies, surveyed the school community to ascertain current preparedness knowledge and then visited all local emergency agencies in the Yarram area to better understand the role of each of the agencies. The agencies involved included CFA, DELWP, Police, SES, Red Cross, Ambulance, Volunteer Coast Guard and Wellington Shire Council Emergency Management. The students coordinated a successful Emergency Expo at the school for over 200 students and staff where they developed brief emergency plans to be taken home and reviewed with their families. The school also ran a Road Safety Hypothetical with the Traffic Police for Years 11 and 12 students (100 students), as part of the Expo event.
Several groups of years 7 and 8 students undertook projects focussing on developing 21st Century skills and workplace learning opportunities focussing on fire related projects. One group researched the history of fire in the area by interviewing senior citizens and obtaining stories and photos of past fire events. Another group undertook an Arson Awareness Project with CFA and DELWP and the third group researched a project with DELWP to encourage households to have a written fire plan. The program:
- equipped students with skills that can be utilised in an emergency
- increased emergency preparedness awareness for staff and parents with students
- increased support and promotion of emergency agencies and their education programs for communities.
Teenagers in an Emergency program – led by Sale Specialist School
The “Teenagers in an emergency” program, is a fire education and preparedness program for teenagers with special needs. Teenagers with intellectual disabilities often fail to fully understand the risks and their responsibilities during fire season. A teacher at Sale Specialist School developed the “Teenagers in an Emergency” Program. Working with the local CFA and SES, the school developed a series of simple resources and activities that assist students with special needs understand their role and responsibilities.
As well as develop valuable relationships with their local emergency service workers and volunteers, students learned the following through the program:
- the role of emergency services
- understanding of fire risks in their region and how fires can act
- fire safety messages
- how to be prepared for fire season
- basic emergency first aid