Firefighters visit Forrestdale PS

Forrestdale PS students and staff with visiting firefighters.
Forrestdale PS students and staff with visiting firefighters.

A WEEK after a frightening bushfire forced the evacuation of their school, Forrestdale Primary School students had a more enjoyable interaction with their local firefighters.

A group of Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) career and volunteer firefighters rolled up to the school with a couple of fire trucks to acknowledge how well teachers and students put their fire plan into action when the bushfire came dangerously close on February 7.

A Forrestdale PS student enjoying the visit.

Students were able to thank the firefighters for their bravery when tackling the flames before they had the chance to explore the trucks and spray the hoses.

Forrestdale PS principal Wayne Bariolo said fire was one of the most critical incidents they could deal with and that he was proud of how the school community handled the disaster.

“The kids were totally calm, they were relaxed and listened to their teachers,” he said.

“The teachers worked well as a team, every individual teacher needed to know exactly what to do.

“It can get very complex when it comes to evacuating up to 200 students and staff.”

He said the students had enjoyed the special visit.

Forrestdale PS students checking out the fire truck.