Responding to bushfires

This section explores the theme of 'Responding to bushfires', and is designed to support the learning needs of students in Years 7 to 10. It is aligned to Victorian Curriculum levels 7-8.

Students learn how to realistically prepare for a bushfire. They explore the science behind bushfires and apply this knowledge to identify ways of managing risks. Students also learn what to do in a bushfire emergency, including when and how to make a Triple Zero emergency call, and the role of the media to assist them to stay aware, informed and safe in bushfire emergencies.

Facing reality

Learning intention:
Students learn that by creating a bushfire survival plan well before bushfire season, people can respond effectively and flexibly in a bushfire situation and increase their chances of staying safe.

Communicating about bushfire emergencies

Learning intention:
Understanding the Fire Danger Ratings and their safety message is essential. Students should know the aspects of a Triple Zero (000) emergency services call and how to use other communications and media to stay aware, informed and safe in bushfire emergencies.

Safe behaviours

Learning intention:
By understanding the key risks and the science of bushfires, there are many things people can do to make themselves safer in a bushfire situation. Radiant heat is a killer in bushfire. Establishing distance, taking appropriate shelter, wearing suitable clothing and drinking fluids can help protect the body from the harmful effects of radiant heat.

Defending the home

Learning intention:
Students learn that by being fully prepared in bushfire season, even if the bushfire survival plan is to leave early, can help save lives, especially if it needs to change as a result of new circumstances.