RescuED is a road safety and education initiative of the Fire & Rescue NSW where firefighters with experience in motor vehicle rescue, deliver an innovative motor vehicle accident prevention program to potential learner drivers in high schools.
RescuED aims to reduce the frequency and severity of the tragedy and trauma caused by motor vehicle accidents within 17 — 25 year olds.
It also represents an extension of our community risk management activities beyond fire safety into road safety and reaches an important audience of potential learner drivers in high schools.
Target age group
RescuED targets high school students in Years 9-12. Unfortunately, every year too many young people die driving. While young drivers made up approximately 14% of all NSW drivers, they constitute approximately 30% of those killed or injured in vehicle accidents across the State each year.
In addition, each year statistics in NSW reveal that:
- Young males are three times more likely to be in a crash than young females
- Young males are three times more likely to suffer fatalities than young females
- Young females are more likely to be hospitalised for injuries than males
- Young females are three times more likely to be in a crash than older females
What does RescuED involve?
The RescuED program is a 1 hour 50 minute presentation delivered by rescue trained firefighters of Fire & Rescue NSW onsite at schools.
The presentation should be used in the context of an ongoing PDHPE program for Years 9-10 students (Stage 5).
The presentation consists of a number of activities:
- Activity 1: Rescue extrication demonstration
- Activity 2: Video case study
- Activity 3: Discussion - causes and consequences
- Activity 4: Risk reduction - what could you do?
Program documents and resources
- Program summary document (PDF, 130Kb)
- Years 7-10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) Syllabus
- RescuED teachers kit (PDF)
- RescuED FAQs
Would you like the FRNSW to visit your school?
Contact your local Fire & Rescue NSW station to organise a visit from your local firefighters to present RescuED at your school.
The FRNSW presentation is divided into four activities. The total time allocated to the entire presentation is 1 hour 50 minutes.
The structure of the presentation for each school will be discussed and finalised with Fire & Rescue NSW officer.
Key points to consider
- The ideal group size for the practical demonstration is 90 students. Students will then split to form groups of 30 for the classroom activities.
- A teacher must be present with the group. The duty of care and responsibility for discipline and direction rests with the teacher.