Byron Bay High School students have had the chance to walk in a firefighter's boots this term, thanks to the Byron Shire Fire Services Secondary Schools Program.
The program was developed by the NSW Fire Brigades in conjunction with the Rural Fire Service and the NSW Department of Education and Training to provide students in Year 9 and 10 with an understanding of the core roles and obligations that both services have within NSW.
After its pilot at Byron Bay High, it is anticipated it will be introduced statewide within government high schools.
Twenty students from Byron High participated in the 10-week course, which covered topics including Hazmat, dealing with bush fires, structural fires, home appliances and RescueED - a program that allows firefighters to share first-hand experiences of the serious consequences of road accidents, thus guiding young people to reflect on the causes and effect of such accidents
The delivery of the RescueED presentation in Week 5 was a highlight as it delivered an innovative road accident prevention program.
During the presentation, students observed a demonstration of rescue techniques, were informed about the role of the NSW Fire Brigades in ensuring a safe environment, investigated the risk factors for road traffic accidents, considered the strategies that young drivers and passengers could use to reduce the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident and were informed of the multi-agency co-operative arrangements in regards to road crash rescue.
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