Beechwood Public School learn about safety in emergencies | photos, video

Something very positive to come out of the Pappinbarra bushfires was a special day at Beechwood Public School.

The emergency services came to Beechwood Public School on Thursday September 14 to teach children about safety.

Firefighters from the Hollisdale and Beechwood Rural Fire Brigades and Fire & Rescue Wauchope also visited, and taught the children what to do in an emergency, and showed them local fire vehicles and how to use equipment.

The school became a focal point for the community during the bushfires, sending lunches to families who were out of their homes, and collecting and distributing clothes and groceries.

Leanne Farrington from the school’s P&C said that after the Pappinbarra bushfires, Frederickton Public School raised money to be put towards the recovery of their students.

 “We decided to use the funds to have a Bushfire Awareness Day and it’s a great success,” she said.

The kids got to spray hoses, see around the trucks and get to know their local firefighters. Many have been fighting bushfires into last night, so we’re very grateful they’re here today. - Leanne Farrington

“The kids got to spray hoses, see around the trucks and get to know their local firefighters.  Many have been fighting bushfires into last night, so we’re very grateful they’re here today.”

Carole Manners from the Mid Coast RFS who’s a firefighter and a community safety facilitator taught the children how to approach a fire if they’re in a bushfire situation.

“My main concern was to teach the kids how to act around fire, the importance of getting out of their house or school and having a meeting point.  The response I’ve had from the kids today has been wonderful,” she said.

The Red Cross presented their new REDiPlan program for the first time in a NSW school.  It’s an age-appropriate program about important emergency preparation and how to deal with your feelings.

Lunch was provided for all students, teachers, emergency service personnel and parents.

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