Over two hundred students and staff were involved in the interactive Emergency Expo held at Yarram Secondary College on Wednesday 24 June. They participated in exercises at ten different stations operated by Vic Police, Ambulance Vic, CFA, Vic SES, DELWP, Aust. Red Cross, Volunteer Coast Guard, Maffra Secondary College YCAL CFA Students, Wellington Shire Council Emergency Management Staff and a wildlife carer.

The day was planned by seven, year nine students as part of a Community Engagement Program, with the students undertaking a Teenagers in Emergencies (TIE) project with Wellington Shire

Council Recovery Officer, Helen Montague. The project was funded as part of a Bushfire Recovery Grant from Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

Students were instructed in fire pump operations, appropriate clothing for emergencies, basic first aid, how to build a sandbag wall, rake hoeing techniques, how to survive in a smoke filled room, care of pets and wildlife in emergencies, water and road safety, developing a personal emergency plan for their family, and much more.

As part of the day’s activities a Road Safety Hypothetical was also held for Years 11 and 12 students.

Road Safe Victoria Chair, Andy Milbourne thanked the panel of experts, students and staff for their involvement in the session.

Students embraced the day and engaged enthusiastically in all the exercises. At the conclusion of the Expo Leading Teacher Russel Praetz and the TIE students reinforced the importance of emergency preparedness planning for all households and thanked all agencies and staff for their involvement, with special mention of the Yarram Rotary Club and Blokes & Banter for the catering.

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