We would like to thank Marlene and her team from Stirling State Emergency Service Unit and Leonie with tracker dog Jemma, from the State Emergency Service Canine Section, who were our special guests for the day. Marlene’s team and the children had a very busy morning at Jellybeans Child Care centre Carine.
The children at Jellybeans Carine have been exploring our community workers and how they assist the community and how we can help. We have recently had some special guests including the Police, and we will be having St John Ambulance visit us very soon. Our children were very excited to be hands on involved in learning how the SES assist the injured, help save lives and homes and find lost people.
We encourage children to be socially responsible and learning about different roles in the community is a major part of this learning, as well as sharing their learning with others to promote community awareness.
SES volunteer Marlene; The children were introduced to the people in orange (including Jemma in her new orange coat) and learnt that we work with the Police to find lost people, the Fire Brigade to fight fires and we specialise in storm damage but we do not deal with monsters as one little person thought. Sharon shared how important our two way radio communication is.
There were photo shoots of helmeted and jacketed little people ‘driving’ our troopie (people carrier) vehicle and of course everyone wanted to pet and get to know Jemma and have a photo with her. Jemma was very patient and very professional and such a great reassurance for those little ones who may be a little nervous around dogs.
We had a session on how to move people out of damaged buildings and the children were so impressed when Jenni the Early Childhood Teacher was hoisted high in the air and then ‘carried out of the building’ by Tony and Russ. Only took one demo and they all wanted to have a turn. We followed it up with how to move someone with an injured leg – that had me on my knees ‘walking’ them out. Some very good actors we found and even better when they got to bandage each other’s ‘injured’ leg and lie in the stretcher for a photo. One little boy insisted on taking his bandaged leg home to show mum.
The finale was demonstrating how to cover the roof of the cubby house with plastic and sandbags. There was a frenzy of activity with all the children shovelling sand and filling sandbags. Tony was helping to fill, Sharon was tying the bags and the children were moving them. Russ was showing how to stack them in the doorway of the cubby house to stop water getting in. Our SES guys (on their knees) disappeared under a mass of little bodies all wanting to be involved. Probably my favourite moment of the day!
Our visit finished with handouts of ‘back packs’ with emergency information and storm safe houses for the children to paint.
The State Emergency Service is a volunteer organisation and we are on call 24/7. However, during severe winter storms, with a high volume of requests for assistance, it may be a little while before we can attend so it is most important that families ensure their homes are as storm safe as possible.
Outcome 2: Children are connected and contribute to their world; sense of belonging to groups and the community.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
National Quality Standard: Collaborative relationships with families and communities.