NSW RFS Children's Bush Fire Collection (4-8 years)
The NSW RFS library has a collection of Australian children's picture books for younger readers that focus on bush fires. Primary schools, childcare centres, and brigades are welcome to borrow the collection to assist with engaging children to think about bush fires. The collection may be used at open days, school visits or by teachers in the classrooms. Activity sheets are also available for some of the titles. Check out our Children's Bush Fire Collection page on our library website which includes:
- A suggested reading list
- Activity sheets to accompany a range of books
Link to the NSW RFS Library Children’s Bush Fire collection
Reading for Stage 3 students
A list of books suitable for Years 5 and 6 available at the NSW RFS library - in person and online.
Reading list as a PDF.
Bush Fire Survival Plan ebook for Kids
Involve your Kids is an ebook published by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre designed to help parents discuss bush fire preparation and safety with their children. The ebook is interactive and engaging, outlining how the whole family can help prepare for bush fire. It answers the three basic questions of why, what and how parents can engage their children to be part of the bush fire planning process. Based on the PhD research of Dr Briony Towers who investigated children’s understanding of bush fires, Involve your Kids can be freely downloaded from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC website.
Student-led activities regarding fire and emergency events
Allowing students to be active in preparing for disaster events is an excellent way to build overall community resilience. Students themselves gain a positive views of themselves as agents of resilience and, will take positive action in the case of an event. Examples of student-led activities are:
Utilise the Student Representative Council to make regular presentations to other students and parents regarding ways to prepare for bush fire season at home.
Involving students in emergency drill practices and allowing them to feedback on the process.
More examples are included here.