Port Lincoln, Australia — Lower Eyre Peninsula women wanting to know what todo during a bushfire can find out by attending free workshops being held laterthis month.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) has received funding from Emergency ManagementAustralia to design and deliver workshops to provide women with basicinformation and training in bushfire safety skills.
After the Black Tuesday bushfire of January 11, 2005, research showed womenand children were found to be over-represented in civilian bushfire casualties.
CFS representatives Di DeLaine and Therese Pedler, who are running theworkshops, said the workshops would be offered during the day, evenings andweekends during the last three weeks of school term to get as many women aspossible.
Some of the topics include: preparing yourself emotionally, deciding tostay and defend or leave early, preparing a Bushfire Action Plan,identifying hazards around the home, operating pumps and fire fighting equipment,bushfire behaviour and preventing injury.
Speakers will include a psychologist, CFS volunteers and Joe Tilley from theDepartment for Environment and Heritage.
Ms DeLaine said the first two workshop sessions would be for three hours,while the final session would go for four hours.
Daytime workshop sessions during school hours will offer free crèchefacilities.
The day sessions will be held in Port Lincoln at the Salvation Army on MarineStreet on March 25, April 1 and April 8.
There will also be day sessions at the Tumby Bay Skills Centre on March 28,April 4 and 11, and at Wangary in the Marble Range Football Club on March 26, 31and April 7.
Evening sessions will be held at the Port Lincoln Marine Science Centre onMarch 26, April 2 and April 9.
Weekend sessions will also be at the Marine Science Centre in Port Lincoln onMarch 29-30.
Women interested in attending these three sessions, should contact Ann at thePIRSA office to book their place by phoning 8688 3400 during office hours orthey can book by faxing PIRSA on 8688 3407.