STUDENTS at Drummartin Primary School are preparing for the coming fire season.
The school has been educating young pupils about how to best prepare for a fire and how to respond in an emergency.
Principal Adam Torney said the students all lived on farms which made education all the more important.
“They need an understanding of being prepared for fires,” he said.
“Having clear areas is essential for them.
“Most will continue to live on farms later in life, but even if they don’t, an understanding of the fuel around their house is essential.”
The students help clean the school grounds and remove leaf litter, sticks and other flammable items.
“It’s all the litter that can be fuel,” Mr Torney said.
“We make sure the grass is mowed and there are no trees hanging over.
“We teach them about evacuation plans and about our onsite emergency plan.”
Mr Torney is a volunteer fire fighter and has been to several incidents.
“I understand how fast they can move and how quickly a fire can be on top of you,” he said.
“You can see the difference between homes that are prepared compared to the ones that aren’t.
“Grass and scrub fires are of particular concern.
“They can creep up and take control of a house and when it’s running fast it can be quite bad.”
The students learn about bushfire each fortnight in terms one and four.
Things like viewing wind direction can be important to determining which way a fire is travelling.
City of Greater Bendigo fire prevention officer Eric Smith said all residents in the region should be preparing their homes.
“If you are a property owner or occupy a property, it is your responsibility to ensure it is clear of any potential fire risks that may endanger your life or that of your neighbours,” he said.
“Both rural and suburban residents are at risk of fire, so everyone must make an effort to ensure they are fire ready and review (fire plans)."