Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) does not offer fire safety programs for children of pre-school age.
The FRV Fire Ed fire safety educational programs are designed for and are only available to students of primary school age.
The first year of primary school is the age at which most children become able to effectively learn and utilise safety information when presented within a formal program.
Local fire crews, however, are sometimes able to visit early childhood settings in their local area by prior arrangement. Visits are dependent on availability and emergency response commitments will always take precedence
If a fire crew is able to visit your early childhood setting, the firefighters will not discuss fire safety topics such as calling 000, what do do in an emergency or other general fire safety information.
A pre-school firefighter visit will focus on :
- firefighters as friends and helpers in the community
- how a firefighter’s uniform protects them and the different components of a firefighter’s uniform
- the fire truck and equipment
To request a visit from firefighters for your pre-school group, please complete and submit the form below. Allow at least one month notice for scheduling visits.
Fire Station Displays
At some our larger fire stations, FRV hosts demonstrations for pre-schools, schools and community groups. Children will meet firefighters, view fire equipment displays and see fire trucks up close.
Pre-schoolers can learn safety topics effectively.
The best people to teach them are their parents and caregivers.
‘Children learn most in their early years from those adults with whom they have the closest relationships. Families are the primary influence on children’s learning and development’.
(Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. DET, 2016)
Very young students:
- need information provided in a way that suits their age and learning style
- benefit from continuous repetition of messages provided via a variety of experiences and situations. Direct instruction and play are probably the most common teaching and learning tools
- need to have correct behaviours reinforced and misconceptions corrected as they occur
- are best helped to do this by adults they see every day and who can provide ongoing support as this learning will take time.
Reviewed 03 August 2022