Fire ED Level 1
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 and 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 Level 1 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.
Firefighters from your local fire station will visit your school to talk about the above four messages (approximately 60 minutes)
- Safe fires/Unsafe fires
- Firefighters Can Help You
- Crawl Low in Smoke
- Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll
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.
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.
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.
Book the Fire ED Level 1 program for your school
Contact your local Fire and Rescue NSW station to organise a visit from your local firefighters to present Fire ED Level 1 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.