Fire Danger Day Procedures

Due to the College’s unique location, it is important that parents be familiar with the precautions we take on days of total fire ban and in the event of a bushfire in the area.

Our main perceived threats are an emergency situation on-site (e.g., fire on the property) or a bushfire in the area.  In either case, our immediate response is to ensure student safety. If deemed necessary, students will be moved to the Hall – an area that is protected by Blaze Control Bushfire Sprinkler Systems. If deemed appropriate, an offsite evacuation will be implemented (e.g., to Reynolds Lane car park, Belgrave or another location) as advised by the Emergency Services.

With both the CFA and Police stations close by, Mater Christi is well placed for keeping informed on any emergency situation in the Dandenong Ranges.

On days forecast to be a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating, parents and students will be advised of School Closure via SMS with details confirmed on College website.

Once a closure day has been declared, this will proceed regardless of any change in weather patterns. This information is also available from the Catholic Education Commission Victoria (CECV). Select “Bushfire Preparedness” then “School Closure List”.

As the safety of our students is paramount, it may also be necessary to close the School on Extreme fire danger days.  The Principal will liaise with key organisations including Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) and the CFA to determine the best scenario on these days.  Communication will go out to parents and students the day prior to closing.