Through the Fire Ed programs, FRV encourages a partnership between local firefighters, families and primary schools in all FRV districts.
Parents and caregivers are the first safety educators of children. Schools and teachers also have a crucial role to play.
The Fire Ed for Years 1&2 Unit has been designed to:
- improve children’s fire safety knowledge and skills
- facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skill to children’s families
- reduce the risk children will misuse fire or be harmed by fire,
- promote respect, knowledge and connectedness with emergency services.
The Fire Ed for Years 1&2 Unit does not include firefighter school incursions. It is designed to be facilitated entirely by classroom teachers.
This unit reinforces and expands on the lessons and messaging of the Fire Ed for Foundation program. There is, however, no requirement for the students to have completed the Fire Ed for Foundation program before undertaking the Years 1&2 Unit.
There are 7 x 20–30 minute lessons within the Unit. It is recommended that all lessons be covered in sequence, but each lesson may be taught separately.
This 20-30 minute lesson focuses on fire and sources of heat and on their many uses in our homes e.g., cooking, heating, lighting, celebrating.
It helps children to gain an understanding of safe and unsafe uses of fire and heat sources.
This lesson expands on lesson 1 by assisting students to recognise safe and unsafe uses of fire and heat sources in their homes, particularly in the kitchen and bedrooms.
We are all responsible for home fire prevention and people can do many things to prevent fires occurring in homes. The lesson encourages each student to contribute to their family’s fire safety in and around their home.
This short lesson uses videos and role play to explain the recommended steps to immediately follow if:
- our clothes catch fire
- we receive a small burn or scald.
The correct first aid will reduce the spread of fire and the harmful effects of a burn or scald.
The lesson focusses on the purpose and importance of each home having working smoke alarms.
It explains to children how they might help their family to ensure their smoke alarms are always working.
The correct response to an activating smoke alarm may be the first step to evacuating a house fire. This lesson should, therefore, proceed lessons 5 and 6 and be taught as a unit.
This lesson highlights the importance of each household having a home fire escape plan.
It uses a video and role play to focus on key elements of a safe escape from a house fire ie responding to a working smoke alarm, crawling low in the smoke and evacuating to a pre-planned Safe Meeting Place.
This lesson completes the unit on fire safety. It aims to provide understanding on when and how we should call a fire service, the police or an ambulance to help us.
It aims to answer the questions:
- Who should call Triple Zero (000)?
- What happens PROCESS when we call Triple Zero (000)?
- What constitutes an emergency?
This topic could be included as part of a general class theme of Community Helpers.
This lesson includes three short videos. Firefighters are introduced as friendly helpers who perform a range of emergency roles for the community.
Children will gain basic knowledge on the uniforms and emergency equipment of Fire Rescue Victoria firefighters.
TEACHING TO THE VICTORIAN CURRICULUM
Linking Home Fire Safety with Health and Physical Education
The objectives of this unit align explicitly with the Health and Physical Education Learning Area. It teaches students how to enhance their own and others’ safety and wellbeing and contribute to building a safe household. There is a strong focus on supporting students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to make safe choices, to advocate for and to take positive action around home fire safety that will enhance their own and others’ safety across their lifespan.
Linking Home Fire Safety with Literacy
This unit develops the literacy and vocabulary related to fire safety and firefighters and will enable students to better communicate, analyse, understand and interact with their families and others.
Students use their everyday literacies to learn the new literacies of home fire safety, emergencies and emergency services.
Fire Rescue Victoria has developed these resources for children’s education and enjoyment:
The Triple Zero Kids’ has been created to educate children in how to cope in an emergency and the appropriate use of Triple Zero, Australia’s emergency call service.
This game is designed for children of kindergarten and primary school age and consists of fifteen safety scenarios.
Reviewed 29 March 2023