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Fire safety messages for schoolkids
In 2014-15, CFA is piloting an approach to develop and test fire safety education aligned with Victorian Curriculum and delivered by teachers.
Research from the emergency management and education sectors shows that teaching school students about bushfire and home fire safety has both immediate and longer-term benefits. The 1939 and 2009 Bushfires Royal Commissions further reinforce the importance of educating students about fire.
Thanks to funding from CFA’s Bushfires Program, we've developed new programs for both primary and secondary students.
Our comprehensive, high-quality, and engaging fire safety programs - Fire Safe Kids, Fire Safe Youth, and Advance - are delivered in schools by their staff and CFA volunteers. Schools are very appreciative and want to work with brigades to enhance their students’ knowledge about fire safety, and CFA receives many requests for support from schools willing and capable of delivering a variety of safety programs to their students.
However, not all brigades have the capacity to either train in CFA’s formal schools programs or attend schools at specific times during school hours.
Recent discussions with school staff in some of Victoria’s highest fire risk areas, show this approach will receive strong support from the teaching sector, which means more students will have access to fire safety education. Already, schools deliver other safety programs, such as water safety and basic first-aid, which equip students with information that could save lives one day.
The pilot is also about shared responsibility for emergency preparedness across the community and other sectors.