Fire Rescue Victoria

Our firefighters work with communities across Victoria to promote fire safety. This helps to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place. 

Many people have an interest in firefighters and fire trucks.

The best place to see our firefighters in action is at our regular community displays, held at larger fire stations across Victoria.

  • Children and Fire Safety

    Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) provides a suite of tailored fire safety educational programs for children.

    Through the Fire Ed programs, FRV encourages a partnership between local firefighters and primary schools in all FRV districts.

    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. 

    Target Age Group

    The Fire Ed for Foundation program is for children in their first year of school. This is the age at which most children become able to effectively learn and utilise fire safety information when presented within a formal program.

    What does Fire Ed for Foundation involve?

    The program takes place over four stages that are designed to be implemented over a period of approximately two or three weeks.

    The program could be integrated into a literacy block, a Health & Physical Education or Personal & Social Capability unit or used as a standalone unit of work.

    Firefighters, teachers, families and caregivers all have a role in the FRV Fire Ed for Foundation program.

  • Children and Fire Safety

    Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) provides a suite of tailored fire safety educational programs for children.

    Through the Fire Ed programs, FRV encourages a partnership between local firefighters and primary schools in all FRV districts.

    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.

    Target age group

    The Fire Ed for Upper Primary program is aimed at Grade 6 and composite Grade 5/6 classes.

    What does Fire Ed for Upper Primary involve?

    The program takes place over three stages that are designed to be implemented over a period of approximately three or four weeks.

    The program could be integrated into a literacy block, a Science or Health & PE unit or used as a standalone unit of work.

    Firefighters, teachers, parents and care-givers all have a role in the FRV Fire Ed for Upper Primary program.

  • “ENGLISH THROUGH HOME FIRE SAFETY”

    FLAMES is a home fire safety education program specifically tailored for secondary aged students newly arrived in Australia and studying English as an Additional Language (EAL). It is available to all English Language Schools and Centres in the Fire Rescue Victoria area.

    The main feature of FLAMES is a 60 - 90 minute firefighter delivered presentation on the roles of FRV firefighters and on home fire safety.

    The FLAMES program is:

    • Designed to fit into an exit program in EAL classes
    • Offered up to four times a year to each school/centre to cater for each exit class.
    • Aimed at single EAL classes to promote maximum participation and interaction between firefighters and students.

    Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing tasks for pre-presentation and post-presentation enrichment are included.

    EAL STUDENTS AND HOME FIRE SAFETY

    • Students may not be familiar with the fire hazards posed by the types of housing they have recently moved to.
    • Students may not be aware of Victorian smoke alarm legislation and maintenance advice.
    • Safety in a new environment is one of the first concerns of newly arrived families. Children of secondary age have an influence within their families in introducing the practices of a new society.
    • Students have not received FRV Fire Ed classes as they did not attend primary schools in Victoria.
    • The concept of an independent fire service tasked only with protecting people may be novel to international students.

    Download the FLAMES request form to book a firefighter presentation:

    For more information, contact the FRV FLAMES Coordinator on (03) 9665 4464 or commed@frv.vic.gov.au

  • Fire Safety Presentations

    FRV offers home fire safety and fire service familiarisation presentations to adults attending the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in the FRV District.

    The presentations are tailored for delivery to adult students newly arrived in Australia who study English. Fire safety presentations can be arranged within curriculum objectives and class themes around topics aimed at equipping students for their new environment.

    Students are taught English skills through the study of fire safety and fire safe behaviours. Programs can be delivered in any centre providing English Language programs.

    Key lessons:

    • Smoke alarm information
    • Home fire escape information
    • Accessing the emergency services (000)
    • Common fire hazards around the home.

    Practical work includes:

    • Use of smoke alarms/testing/replacing battery
    • Role plays of 000 emergency phone calls.

    Each FRV district employs a Multicultural or Community Liaison Officer who is the facilitator of the Adult new arrivals program.

    Please contact FRV to arrange a fire safety presentation.

    Community Events

    FRV recognises that community and cultural festivals and events provide important opportunities for FRV firefighters to engage the community and promote community safety. Requests for FRV participation in community events will always need to be approved by the relevant District Community Safety and Engagement Commander.

    FRV will participate in and support community events that reflect FRV values and priorities that encourage community safety and wellbeing.

    Attendance by operational fire appliances is dependent on availability and resources. FRV District Multicultural and Community Liaison Officers are available to attend events by arrangement.

    Please contact FRV to request FRV attendance at your community event.

    Station Visits

    Community and Cultural groups are able to visit a fire station by prior arrangement. All requests for group FRV Fire Station visits will be considered based on the age of the audience, total number attending, alternate activities available and fire safety messages relevant to the age of the visitors. Organisers of cultural groups are asked to consider the English language proficiency of their group before booking a station visit. FRV will provide the services of interpreters if requested.

    Please contact FRV to arrange your station visit.

    For further general information please contact the FRV Community Resilience Department on (03) 9665 4464 or commres@frv.vic.gov.au

  • The Bushfire Education website was established by the Victorian Government as part of the response to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

    It provides teaching and learning resources to support bushfire education for primary and secondary schools, based on the four themes of learning about, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from bushfires.

    The aim of the Bushfire Education website is to better prepare all young Australians for the challenges of living in a country that regularly experiences bushfires.

    While the central focus of the website is about bushfires the material also covers fire behaviour, fire safety, and other types of fires such as grass and coastal fires.

    The Bushfire Education website was developed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) with assistance from the Country Fire Authority (Victoria), Emergency Management Australia, and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (Melbourne).

    To access education modules, lesson plans and other resources visit Bushfire Education.

  • The Firelighting Consequence Awareness Program (Fire-CAP) is a fire safety educational program for children/young people who partake in fire risk behaviour. 

    Fire risk behaviour can include the lighting of matches or lighters without the approval or supervision of a primary carer (generally there is no intention to start a fire) or the intention to deliberately start a fire, leading to property damage, injury, or loss of life.

    The Program is delivered at the young person’s place of residence, free of charge and strictly confidential. Using varying content and approaches according to the age and maturity of the child/young person, the firefighter works closely with the young person and their primary carer to reduce and control their fire risk behaviour.

    Should you wish to discuss further any aspects of this program or a child/young person’s fire risk behaviour please do not hesitate to contact the programs State Co-ordinator on 1300 309 988 or email firecapoffice@frv.vic.gov.au

    To refer a child/young person to the Fire-CAP program:

  • Seniors are a high risk group due to age related disability, and may be slower to identify or respond to a fire in their home.

    FRV has developed the Seniors Fire Safety Program for active seniors to assist older people to understand and adopt fire safe behaviours around their homes.  The Seniors Fire Safety Program’s presenters are all retired career firefighters who understand the concerns and lifestyle of their audiences.

    Presenters enjoy working with diverse audiences and are experienced in working with interpreters.  FRV will book the services of interpreters if required; there is no cost to the community group involved.

    Presentations are available to seniors community groups/clubs and other over 50s organisations.  Sessions can last from thirty minutes to one hour and are presented in a relaxed social atmosphere.

    This program is not suitable for residents in low or high level care facilities, or people with memory loss.

    Seniors Fire Safety Program is available free of charge.  Please provide at least a month’s notice when booking

    For more information, contact FRV Community Resilience Department on:

    PH: (03) 9665 4464      Fax: (03) 8396 9190        Email: commres@frv.vic.gov.au

  • Young and novice drivers comprise only a small proportion of licensed drivers, yet are over-represented in fatalities and injuries related to crashes on our roads.

    As an accredited road rescue agency in Victoria, FRV has a clear understanding of the very real cost of road trauma to individuals and the community.

    As a consequence, FRV has joined with other road safety agencies and local communities to reduce road trauma in young people. Through the Fit to Drive program, FRV firefighters engage with young people to deliver road safety messages that will empower and support them to achieve zero deaths on Victorian roads. 

    Young people have the capacity to change and influence attitudes and behaviours in relation to risky road use. The Fit to Drive program supports them to take responsibility for keeping themselves and their mates safe regardless of what type of road user they are. 

    The Fit to Drive program involves a half day workshop which is offered to all Year 11 classes in Victoria.

    The program engages students by:

    • Using facilitated group discussions
    • Encouraging students to take ownership of the issues
    • Challenging their values
    • Having students take responsibility for the choices they make as a road user.

    To book the Fit to Drive Workshop for your school go to:FIT 2 DRIVE

    For more information, contact the FRV Fit 2 Drive Coordinator on (03) 9665 4464 or commed@frv.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 16 July 2021

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