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Bushfire Education resources

Resources to support bushfire education

A wide range of resources have been selected to support teaching and learning activities on the Bushfire Education webpages. These include:

Factsheets and tasksheets

Session-specific factsheets and tasksheets, categorised by the four themes of learning about, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from bushfires.

Learning about bushfires

Black Saturday
Description: My and Thuy Nguyen’'s personal account of Black Saturday

Black Saturday personal accounts of fighting bushfires 
Description: Personal accounts of fighting the 2009 bushfires from Parks Victoria officers

Bushfire Mythbusters
Description: Popular myths and misconceptions about bushfire safety

Bushfire safety: Whose responsibility?
Description: A look at who is responsible for bushfire safety

Bushfires in our history 
Description: A record of bushfire activity across Australia, 1851 - 2009

Data chart: Analysing witness statements 
Description: A chart used to analyse witness statements given by people who experienced the 2009 bushfires

It might as well be petrol 
Description: Extract from the book Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

Methods to fight bushfires 
Description: Appliances and tools used to fight bushfires

Tasksheet 1: Ignition of bushfires 
Description: An activity that focuses on how bushfires start

Tasksheet 2: Climate 
Description: An activity that focuses on how climate can influence bushfire

Tasksheet 3: Weather 
Description: Using data from a table as evidence, students make a claim about the elements of weather that contribute to increased fire danger

Tasksheet 4: Topography 
Description: Using images that show different areas of Earth’s surface, students answer questions about how different topography can influence bushfire

Tasksheet 5: Vegetation 
Description: An activity that focuses on how vegetation can influence bushfire

Tasksheet 6: Sharing stories
Description: Students are asked to view a chosen video clip and, in groups, answer questions relating to the storyteller  

Wind change is the killer, Kinglake
Description: How wind changes can affect bushfire

The Zulu moment on Black Saturday, Kinglake
Description: Drew Barr and Angie O’Connor’s personal account of Black Saturday, Kinglake

Preparing for bushfires

A survivor's bushfire survival plan
Description: An extract from Kinglake resident Wayne Haggar's witness statement to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission

Bushfire emergency student survey
Description: A survey to identify the number of students who have used a bushfire emergency communication network or media source

Bushfire Mythbusters
Description: Popular myths and misconceptions about bushfire safety

Bushfire safety: Whose responsibility?
Description: A look at who is responsible for bushfire safety

Data chart: Analysing witness statements
Description: A chart used to analyse witness statements given by people who experienced the 2009 bushfires

Defending the home
Description: An extract from Haven resident Sue Exell’s witness statement to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission

Ember attack
Description: Extract from the book Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

McIntosh family: Background
Description: Background information for the McIntosh family role-play

McIntosh family: Bushfire scenario
Description: Bushfire scenario for the McIntosh family role-play

McIntosh family: Bushfire survival plan
Description: Bushfire survival plan for the McIntosh family role-play

McIntosh family: Checklist for observers
Description: Checklist for observers for the McIntosh family role-play

Methods to fight bushfires 
Description: Appliances and tools used to fight bushfires

Preparing to stay and defend
Description: An extract from Rosewhite resident Robin McDonald’s witness statement to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission

Task sheet 1: Ignition of bushfires 
Description: An activity that focuses on how bushfires start

Task sheet 2: Climate 
Description: An activity that focuses on how climate can influence bushfire 

Task sheet 3: Weather 
Description: Using data from a table as evidence, students make a claim about the elements of weather that contribute to increased fire danger

Task sheet 4: Topography 
Description: Using images that show different areas of Earth’s surface, students answer questions about how different topography can influence bushfire

Task sheet 5: Vegetation 
Description: An activity that focuses on how vegetation can influence bushfire

Task sheet 6: Sharing stories-questions
Description: Students are asked to view a chosen video clip and, in groups, answer questions relating to the storyteller 

Responding to bushfires

Bushfire Mythbusters
Description: Popular myths and misconceptions about bushfire safety

Carson family: Background
Description: Background information for the Carson family role-play

Carson family: Bushfire scenario
Description: Bushfire scenario for the Carson family role-play

Carson family: Checklist for observers
Description: Checklist for observers during the Carson family role-play

Carson family: Bushfire survival plan
Description: Bushfire survival plan for the Carson family role-play

CFA eyewitness account
Description: A CFA captain’s eyewitness account of Black Saturday

Data chart: Analysing witness statements
Description: A chart used to analyse witness statements given by people who experienced the 2009 bushfires

Defending the home
Description: An extract from Haven resident Sue Exell’s witness statement to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission

Ember attack
Description: Extract from the book Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

Fighting bushfires quiz
Description: Students name the firefighting appliance or tool that matches each description of advantages and disadvantages

It might as well be petrol 
Description: Extract from the book Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

Methods to fight bushfires 
Description: Appliances and tools used to fight bushfires

Black Saturday personal accounts of fighting bushfires 
Description: Personal accounts of fighting the 2009 bushfires from Parks Victoria officers

Task sheet 6: Sharing stories
Description: Students are asked to view a chosen video clip and, in groups, answer questions relating to the storyteller 

Wind change is the killer, Kinglake
Description: How wind changes can affect bushfire

The Zulu moment on Black Saturday, Kinglake
Description: Drew Barr and Angie O’Connor’s personal account of Black Saturday, Kinglake

Recovering from bushfires

A bush beyond recovery?
Description: An extract from the book Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland, about Kinglake after Black Saturday 

Cause for hope
Description: Extract from the book Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland, about signs of recovery bringing hope 

Financial hardships after the fire
Description: Extract from the book Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland, about the expense of rebuilding

Helping farmers recover
Description: How the simple act of putting up a flyer in the general store helped farmers recover 

Recovering - farms
Description: An extract from Rosewhite resident Robin McDonald’s witness statement to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission

Seeds of recovery, Kinglake
Description: Examples of the real driving force behind the community'’s recovery

Survival against the odds
Description: An extract from Marysville resident Edward Cherry‘s witness statement to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission  

Task sheet 5: Vegetation 
Description: An activity that focuses on how vegetation can influence bushfire

The wonders of Kinglake National Park
Description: How the Kinglake National Park has recovered after bushfire

Image gallery

The image gallery, with over 140 images, categorised by the four themes of learning about, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from bushfires.

Learning about bushfires

Bushfire – illustration of Black Thursday, 6 February 1851CFA country fire stationDamage from bushfire – burnt out home, Black Saturday 2009Damage from bushfire – burnt out home, Black Saturday 2009Damage from bushfire – trees across a road, 2009Family preparing a fire planFire restrictions signHelpful fire – a barbecueHelpful fire – cooking on a campfireHelpful fire – cooking on a gas stoveHelpful fires – open fire with screenLightning strikesLightning strikesSources of radiant energy – radiant gas heatingSources of radiant energy – the sunSources of radiant energy – people enjoying the radiant warmth of the sunTopography – country roadTopography – country townTopography – farmland with dry grassTopography – forested hills and valleysTopography – forest with fallen treesTopography – grasslandTopography – hilly countryside, terrain a fire may travel throughTopography – home among big treesTopography – home amongst trees and fernsTopography – home in the bushTopography – home located amongst eucalyptus treesTopography – home on the coastTopography – houses on the coastTopography – house on a farmTopography – houses in the suburbsTopography – long dry grassesTopography – rural homeTopography – suburban homeTopography – suburban homes close togetherTopography – thick bush on a steep slopeTopography – valleystopography-waterwaysTotal fire ban signTotal fire ban signTriple Zero Kids ChallengeFire Danger Rating signFire Danger Rating signFire Danger Rating signDiagrams – Fire danger ratingDiagrams – Fire triangleDiagrams – SpinnerIllustration of firefighter with community membersSources of radiant energy – a radiatorTopography – forest with fuel to burn including leaves bark and bush litterTopography – tall treesTopography – understory plants 

 

Preparing for bushfires

Firefighter starting a burn offCFA fighter starting a burn offA CFA community event with kids learning about fireCFA firefighter doing a drip torchCleaning out guttersCleaning out guttersCleaning up around the houseCommunity meeting with peopleControlled burnDrip torchGrasslandsGrasslands meets bushlandHome in tall forestHouse in the bushHouse Roof top being sprayed with waterHouses among coastal scrubTesting sprinklers Loading the car to leave earlyPreparing to leave earlyCFA leader briefing firefightersIllustration of family clearing scrub  

 

Responding to bushfires

Building a fire breakBushfire on the horizonCFA and DSE FirefightersCFA and DSE Firefighters 2CFA FirefightersCFA FirefightersCFA FirefightersCFA FirefightersCFA FirefightersCFA FirefightersDiagrams – Communication treeFire trucks heading to fight the fireCFA FirefightersCFA – firefighter in truckCFA FirefighterBushfire approachingFighting bushfire – illustration of a bulldozer in a forestFighting bushfire – illustration of firefighter with hoseFighting bushfire – illustration of fire truck 

 

Recovering from bushfires

CFA firefighters with Wildlife RescuePhoenix illustrationPhoenix sculptureRegrowth after fireRegrowth after fireRegrowth after fireRegrowth after fireUrban growthUrban growthNew growth after fireNew growth after firePeopleCaringforKidsKoala with bandaged pawStudent artwork – Middle Kinglake Primary School illustrationsStudent artwork – Middle Kinglake Primary School illustrationsStudent artwork – Middle Kinglake Primary School illustrationsStudent artwork – Middle Kinglake Primary School illustrations Student artwork – Middle Kinglake Primary School illustrationsStudent artwork – Middle Kinglake Primary School illustrationsLoading the car to leave earlyIllustration of firefighter giving koala waterIllustration of regeneration 

 

Links to videos

Links to videos available on YouTube. Each video link will open a new window.

YouTube videos

Firefighting aircraft

 

Firefighting helicopter

 

Sprinklers protect a house, Black Saturday 2009

 

Bunyip fire, Black Saturday, 7 February 2009

 

Marysville, after Black Saturday, 8 February 2009

 

Recognising the work of volunteers

 

Prepare. Act. Survive. Fire Ready Fire Plan

 

Links to external resources

Links to other resources from the Victorian, Commonwealth, and other States and Territory bushfire prevention agencies, as well as Australian and international bushfire resources.

Victorian government agencies

2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
Description: The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission website contains the Royal Commission's final report into the 'Black Saturday' fires, as well as exhibits, submissions, witness statements and picture galleries.

 

Country Fire Authority (CFA)
Description: The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is a volunteer and community based fire and emergency services organisation. The CFA provides numerous resources to support fire education programs for students, ranging from pre-primary to secondary. For more information, visit the CFA schools webpage.

 

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Description: With Parks Victoria, DELWP manages fire in Victoria's 7.6 million hectares of public land (about one third of the State). DELWP also provides other resources, starting with the 'Safer Together' program.

 

Disaster Resilience Education Victoria
Description: The Disaster Resilience Education (DRE) builds students’ understanding of the causes, nature and effects of hazards. This easy to use teacher delivered website is designed specifically for Victorian secondary school students in Years 7 to 9 and aligns with the Victorian curriculum.

 

Department of Education and Training
Description: DET provide a range of resources and advice for schools including emergency management plans, procedures and actions, to assist in preparing students for the threat of emergencies such as bushfires.

 

Fire Rescue Victoria
Description: Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) is a modern fire and rescue service that meets the needs of twenty-first century Victoria and provides emergency services as well as fire prevention activities, including education program for schools. For more information, see under Education programs section.

 

Victorian Bushfires Collection
Description: Following Black Saturday, Museum Victoria set up the Victorian Bushfires Collection. The collection includes bushfire-damaged objects, emergency services equipment, oral histories, artwork, images, and material from public education campaigns.

 

Parks Victoria
Description: Parks Victoria administer the national parks in Victoria, which include education centres at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Dandenong Ranges National Park and Kinglake National Park. All education centres offer bushfire education programs on the impact of fire on plant and animal diversity, fire risk assessment, post-fire recovery and firefighting strategies.

 

Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne
Description: The Fire and the Australian Environment program for primary and secondary students awareness of the role of fire in the Australian landscape. Experiences include a discovery-walk, exploration of plant adaptations, succession after fire and calculating the overall fuel hazard for a set site.

 

Commonwealth and other agencies

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR)
Description: The AIDR Education for Young people program is supported by the Australian government and covers a range of natural hazards including bushfires. It includes links to the disaster mapper, an interactive map of Australia that can be viewed and searched by location, disaster type or date. AIDR celebrates schools taking action to protect local communities from natural hazards.

 

Australian Red Cross
Description: The Australian Red Cross offers an array of emergency services in Australia. Its website has numerous resources on helping communities with their recovery processes, including how communities can plan to recover from bushfires.

 

Bureau of Meteorology
Description: The Bureau of Meteorology's Bushfire Weather provides a number of resources on weather and its relationship to fire dangers, including the bushfire threat. The site describes the different fire seasons that occur in Australia and relates these to high bush fire risk weather patterns

 

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Description: The Bushfires website shares the CSIRO's research on bushfires and how people can better prepare for when they occur. It includes film clips, bushfire Q&As, fast facts, climate information and related links..

 

Geoscience Australia
Description: Geoscience Australia provides information related to bushfires, including links to various research reports and access to resources such as Sentinel, which is the national bushfire monitoring system that maps current fire locations in Australia.

 

NASA
Description: NASA's Earth Observatory website provides satellite images of bushfires and other natural disasters. In particular, see NASA's satellite images of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire.

 

State and Territory agencies

Bushfires NT
Description: Bushfires NT is the Department of Land Resource Management's bushfire education resource. They produce the 'Fire Book' for educators and land management agencies working with Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory..

 

Emergency WA
Description: Emergency WA has resources designed for both primary and secondary students.

 

North Australian Fire Information
Description: The North Australian Fire Information website allows people to see where fires are burning in real time, hotspots throughout the year and recent fire scars.

 

New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Description: The New South Wales Rural Fire Service offers a series of downloadable resources to educate students and teens on fire safety. It includes a Bush Fire Safety website with downloads of brochures and factsheets relating to bushfires.

 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - Rural Fire Service
Description: The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services includes Blazer's Kids' Corner, which contains activities for early primary students to raise awareness about fire safety and bushfire education resources for teachers targeting Year 5 and 6 students.

 

South Australian Country Fire Service
Description: The South Australia Country Fire Service's website has resources both to educate students on fire safety and to provide practical planning information for adults.

 

Tasmania Fire Service
Description: The Tasmania Fire Service has information relating to preparing for bushfires. The TFS also delivers a home fire safety education program for Tasmanian primary schools.

 

Triple Zero
Description: Triple Zero Kids' Challenge is an interactive game built by the NSW Fire and Rescue Service that educates primary students about coping in an emergency and using the Triple Zero emergency call service appropriately.

 

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