Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Schools bushfire management

Department of Education Media Release

23 January 2013

Deputy Secretary Department of Education

The Department of Education works closely with the Tasmanian Fire Service in relation to bushfire management strategies for schools, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch said today.

“Schools assessed as being at higher risk of being affected by bushfires have developed bushfire response plans and these include whether the school has been assessed as suitable to protect in place or not.

“The assessments are updated every year.

 “In the event of very high fire danger ratings, an assessment will be made on a case by case basis as to whether a school should remain open.

“Students remaining at school will receive adequate and appropriate direction and advice rather than be located at home where guardianship arrangements can be quite variable and may or may not be adequate in the circumstances prevailing at the time.

“This assessment will be made in collaboration between the Tasmanian Fire Service and the Department of Education taking into account all known factors including the forecasts available, the status of any existing uncontrolled fires and the individual school bushfire response plan,” Mr Finch said.  

A list of schools considered to be at increased risk of being affected by bushfires is attached. 

Avoca Primary School
Brooks High School
Bruny Island District School
Cape Barren Island District School
Collinsvale Primary School
Dodges Ferry Primary School
Fingal Primary School
Geeveston District High School
Glen Huon Primary School
Hobart College
Molesworth Primary School
Northern Support School - St Georges
Prospect High School
Queechy High School
Redpa Primary School
South Arm Primary School
South George Town Primary School
Taroona Primary School

Mr Finch said that for these schools, in addition to having a bushfire response plan, the department also assists schools in a range of maintenance tasks including regular  gutter cleaning and tree trimming.

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