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.
FRV firefighters deliver fire education programs to thousands of Victorians each year.
Many former participants have put the skills they learned into action and helped their families evacuate from fires at home.
FRV has developed fire safety programs for a range of learning levels. FRV can also adapt programs for children who are new arrivals to Australia, or children who have special needs.
Firefighters deliver Fire Ed at more than 600 schools across Victoria.
The program covers basic fire safety. It includes learning activities for children to complete with their families and carers.
Children are capable of leaning about fire safety if taught in a way that suits their age and learning style.
FRV does not deliver structured fire safety programs to children younger than primary school age.
Victorian research has shown that younger children retain less information, and are more likely to have interest in fire play and risky behaviour stimulated.
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.
Trained program firefighters work with the child/young person (and their primary carer) to reduce and control risky their fire risk behaviour.
The Bushfire Education website provides teaching and learning resources. These are suitable from early childhood to secondary school.
It helps students and communities learn about, prepare for and respond to bushfires. It also includes important recovery information.
The Victorian Government created this resource with the state’s emergency management agencies.
The FLAMES program is for secondary students who have recently arrived in Australia. It is also designed for students studying English as an Additional Language (EAL).
The program is available for Victorian English Language schools or centres. Users can tailor the program to the curriculum or class themes.
FRV developed the program for newly arrived students who:
- may not be familiar with the fire hazards posed by local housing types
- may not be aware of their responsibility to maintain smoke alarms
- whose families often rely on them for information about their new environment and local practices
- may not have received FRV Fire Ed classes at primary school.
FRV also offers home fire safety presentations for adults attending Adult Migrant Education Programs (AMEP). Our Multicultural Liaison Officers (MLO) deliver these programs.
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 a tailored program for active seniors. This program is not suitable for residents in low or high level care facilities, or people with memory loss.
Young and new drivers make up a small proportion of licensed drivers, yet are overrepresented in road fatalities and injuries.
FRV firefighters respond to crashes on the road, and understand the impact road trauma has on our community.
Reviewed 21 December 2020