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Fire ED

The importance of educating and protecting children from the dangers and trauma that can be caused by fire, especially fires in and around the home, is widely recognised. Accordingly, Fire & Rescue NSW's firefighters have been visiting local primary schools and teaching fire safety to children through the Fire ED program for many years.

Target age group

Children are a key at-risk group because of their young age and inexperience with the dangers of fire. To address this risk, the Fire ED program targets kindergarten and year 2 primary school students throughout NSW.

What does Fire ED involve?

The Fire ED program takes place over four stages that are designed to be taught over a period of approximately a fortnight.

The program requires firefighters, teachers and parents to all take a role in this program.

Stage 1

Firefighters from your local fire station will visit your school to talk about the above four messages (approximately 60 minutes)

  1. Safe fires/Unsafe fires
  2. Firefighters Can Help You
  3. Crawl Low in Smoke
  4. Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll

Stage 2

In the fortnight following the firefighters visit to the school, teachers will use their teacher's resource kit which includes a series of follow up lesson plans and activities to work on with the students, in class or at home, to reinforce the lessons learnt.

Stage 3

There is also a children's pack which contains information for parents. This explains the program and covers further discussion points and activities to be undertaken at home.

Parents are encouraged to complete the Fire ED parents feedback form following the program.

Stage 4

Approximately two weeks after the Fire ED presentation, teachers are asked to assess the students' retention of the fire safety knowledge covered in the lessons and then forward a copy of the results to the Fire and Rescue NSW by completing the Fire ED teachers feedback form.

Program Summary document

Fire Ed school program summary document (PDF, 123Kb)

Resources

Feedback

Have you had firefighters visit your school and would like to submit feedback on our program?

Contact Us

Book the Fire ED program for your school

Contact your local Fire & Rescue NSW station to organise a visit from your local firefighters to present Fire ED at your school.

At the time of organising the specific details of program delivery for your school, we would appreciate it if you could advise us if there are any students who:

  • Have specific disabilities that we need to know about, or
  • Have suffered bad burns or have been recently involved in a serious fire incident.

This information will help us to adapt our program where possible.

We would also appreciate your promotion of this program specifically and fire safety generally in your school's newsletter. To this end, we will provide you with a suggested article which emphasises the major issues of fire safety for your school community.

Acknowledgements

Fire & Rescue NSW would like to acknowledge and formally thank the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) for use of their Fire ED program from which this program is based.

Fire & Rescue NSW also thanks the NSW Department of Education and Training and our other program partners for their assistance.