Firefighters visit RIDBC Nepean

25/03/14
Three firefighters from Regentville Fire Brigade visiting RIDBC Nepean Preschool

Children at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Nepean Preschool welcomed an interactive visit from NSW Rural Fire Service, Monday 17 March.

Three firefighters from the Regentville Fire Brigade spent time with the children, bringing with them a fire truck and a range of learning materials to provide valuable safety lessons.

“The visit was a chance for the children to interact with the firefighters in a fun and educational environment,” said RIDBC Nepean Preschool Director, Melissa Sangalang.

“The children learnt about safe behaviours during a fire and were introduced to what the firefighters look like when they have all of their gear on. We do this so the children won’t be afraid of them in the case of a fire.

“The children also learnt safety procedures like ‘get down low and go, go, go’, how to ‘drop and roll’ and that they need to meet the firefighters at their letterbox if their house is on fire.”

The visit was also an important learning experience for the children with hearing or vision loss.

“Children with hearing or vision loss require intensive education and support to develop speech and language. For our children, the visit not only taught them essential safety lessons, but also provided an excellent opportunity to learn language in context and to develop confidence speaking in a social setting,” said Melissa

RIDBC Nepean Preschool, based in Glenmore Park, is a reverse integration preschool which is purpose built to cater for the needs of children with vision or hearing loss. Children from the community also attend and are excellent language and learning models for their peers.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.  As Australia’s premier provider of training and education for professionals in the field of sensory disability, RIDBC also ensures that services delivered throughout government and non-government organisations remain cutting-edge.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.