Children thank volunteers

Nar Nar Goon Primary School students visited the Bunyip fire staging area at the Nar Nar Goon Recreation Reserve on Thursday. Students had the opportunity to interact with firefighters, police, SES members and paramedics. 191267_13.

Nar Nar Goon Primary School students visited the Bunyip fire staging area to thank the volunteers on Thursday.

Nar Nar Goon Recreation Reserve has been the base camp for emergency service volunteers since the Bunyip State Park bushfire ignited on Friday evening, March 1.

The entire school made the trek across the road to tour the staging area and learn all about bushfires, what it takes to be a firefighter and what to do in an emergency situation.

Each student produced a letter or poster to give to the volunteers, thanking them for their service over the past few days.

“Some classes did writing activities about the fires and volunteers and others even made their letters at home,” Nar Nar Goon Primary School teacher Jodie Watt said.

“Every single student had the chance to contribute. It’s been pretty moving.

“They’re an amazing group of children.”

CFA community liaison John Legione took the students around the staging area and showed them where the volunteers sleep, where they eat and where they conduct their debrief meetings.

Students had the opportunity to closely examine a firetruck, police car, ambulance and an SES vehicle.