Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
The Fire Awareness for Children resources provides age appropriate information and activities for students. The resources include lesson ideas for teachers and student worksheets based on the themes of Fire Awareness in the Home, Personal Safety Fire Awareness and Fire Awareness in the Community.
Fire Awareness for Children Prep - Grade 2
Fire Awareness for Children Prep - Grade 6
Fire Awareness for Children - Student Workbook Grade 3 - Grade 6
The 2009 Victorian Bushfires - Support Resources for Children website provides a variety of links to bushfire resources for schools, parents, carers and families, and both younger children and teenagers.
Country Fire Authority (CFA)
Fire Safe Kids is a free program from CFA designed to teach children from pre-primary to year 6 about fire awareness. The program is available to schools in CFA areas and is provided by trained CFA presenters. Bookings are required; phone 1800 620 362 or email Fire Safe Kids firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Presentation 1: Fire-fighters help in an emergency
Prep to year 2
- Presentation 1: Get down low and go, go, go
- Presentation 2: Stop, drop, roll
- Presentation 3: Simple rules for home fire safety
- Presentation 1: Summer fire awareness
- Presentation 2: Houses, bushfires and the environment
- Presentation 3: Identifying fire hazards at home
- Presentation 1: Preparing for summer
- Presentation 2: Houses, bushfires and the environment
- Presentation 3: Home fire safety
The CFA Kids website contains a variety of activities, work sheets and project information related to bushfire safety.
Fire Safe Kids eLearning game: An interactive game designed to raise awareness of the causes of bushfire, preparation for bushfire and developing a survival plan.
Junior Volunteer Development Program (JVDP): The JVDP is a youth development program run by CFA volunteers that provides a wide variety of safe, enjoyable and challenging activities for young people aged 11 to 16.
Junior Fire Safe: For years Prep to 2: This manual provides teaching ideas and worksheets that can be used by teachers to develop a fire safety program for students in years Prep to 2. The manual is organised into four broad areas of study: home fire safety, personal safety, bushfire safety and fire safety in the community.
Fire Safe: For years 3 to 6: This manual provides teaching ideas and worksheets that can be used by teachers to develop a fire safety program for students in years 3 to 6. The manual is organised into four broad areas of study: home fire safety, personal safety, bushfire safety and fire safety in the community.
House Bushfire Assessment Tool: This resource enables students (and householders) to assess the bushfire risk to their home as well as develop a bushfire survival plan. The tool takes into consideration factors such as vegetation, slope and the surrounding landscape.
Fire Ready Kit: The CFA's FireReady Kit is designed to assist the householder understand their bushfire risk, prepare their property and develop a Bushfire Survival Plan.
Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB)
The Early Fire Safe program is specifically designed for parents and caregivers of preschool children.
The Fire Ed for Preps program is presented by fire fighters and introduces simple fire safety concepts.
The Fire Ed for Upper Primary program is targeted at Grade 6 students. It provides information about home fire safety, fire science and the role of fire fighters. Teaching materials and class sets of student resource books are also available.
Contact the MFB by phone (03) 9665 4464 or email the MFB email@example.com.
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)
The Fire and Other Emergencies website provides statistics on bushfires, their causes and the areas effected. The website also offers links to bushfire history, major reviews and inquiries, and resources for students and teachers, including The effects of fire on Victorian bushland environments.
Emergency Management Australia (Attorney-General's Department)
The Disaster Resilience Education for Schools website covers a range of natural disasters including bushfires.
- The two Dingo Creek interactive games raises awareness of emergency risk management, the methods used to prevent or lessen the effect of natural disasters and recovery after an emergency. Additional activities and teaching guides can also be downloaded.
- The Living with Disaster: Digital stories and accompanying lesson plans present the experiences and reflections of young people who experienced the Black Saturday fires. They talk about the impact of the fires on themselves, their families, schools and communities. The stories and accompanying lesson plans aim to help widen and strengthen personal and community resilience to the effects of disasters.
- A free Disaster Resilience Education Resource Kit for schools is also available; A free Disaster Resilience Education Resource Kit for schools is also available from: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disaster Mapper: This is an interactive map of Australia that can be viewed and searched by location, disaster type or date. Each event icon has links to facts and statistics, photographs and videos. Lesson plans to complement the Disaster Mapper are also available.
Wilsons Promontory National Park: The Education Centre located at Tidal River provides a bushfire education program that includes a study of the survival mechanism of plants after fire. Activities must be booked; phone (03) 5680 9508 or email the Education Centre email@example.com.
Dandenong Ranges National Park: The Education Centre offers a bushfire education program that includes a study of the impact of fire on plant and animal diversity, fire risk assessment, post-fire recovery and firefighting strategies. Bookings are essential; phone 13 1963 or (03) 9757 7724, or email the Education Centre DRNPeducation@parks.vic.gov.au
Forest Ecology - Fire Research provides an accessible and detailed history of major bushfires in Victoria from 1851 to 2003.
The Kinglake National Park Fire Regeneration Photos website presents a series of photographs documenting forest regeneration in the national park.
Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne
The Fire in the Australian Landscape program raises student awareness of the role of fire in the Australian landscape. Students learn about plant adaptations to fire, plant succession after a fire and how to protect themselves and their home from bushfire. For bookings and further information phone (03) 5990 2245 or email Education services firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission website contains the final report, exhibits, submissions, witness statements and picture galleries from the Royal Commission.
NASA's Earth Observatory website provide satellite images of bushfires and other natural disasters. In particular, look at satellite images of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire.
Goescience Australia provides a listing of major bushfires that have occurred in south-eastern Australia.
Sentinal is a national bushfire monitoring system that maps current fire locations in Australia.
Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology's Bushfire Weather describes the different fire seasons that occur in Australia and relates these to high bush fire risk weather patterns.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
The Bushfires website reports on CSIRO's research on the effects of bushfires and how people can better prepare for when they occur. The website includes film clips, answers to common questions about bushfires, fast facts, climate information and related links. There is also a podcast about protecting your home from bushfire.
Triple Zero Kids' Challenge is an interactive game that educates primary students about coping in an emergency and using the Triple Zero emergency call service appropriately.
Resources from state and territorial governments across Australia
New South Wales
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service offers a series of downloadable resources to educate children and teens on fire safety:
- 'Pre-schoolers and Fire Safety' provides information and suggestions for helping younger children develop fire safety knowledge about both house fires and bushfires.
- 'Kids FireWise Home Escape Plan' is a simple, maze-like game aimed at making primary school students aware of the need to have an escape plan in case of a fire.
- 'FireSafe' is a complete Science and Technology Foundation K-6 program based on the NSW Board of Studies syllabus that comprises three downloadable workbooks.
- 'Fire Science' is a resource for students in years 7-12. The two workbooks provide learning experiences through which students can acquire scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes within the conceptual framework of 'fire'.
Additionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service's Bush Fire Safety website contains downloads of brochures and factsheets relating to bushfires. Although designed with a general audience in mind, most of the material is relevant to students.
Bushfires Council Northern Territory
The Fire Book is a publication aimed primarily at educators and land management agencies working with Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. It is a resource to facilitate discussion about the use of fire in land management.
Savanna Explorer provides information about bushfires in northern Australia's tropical savannas. The website includes details on fire and Indigenous culture, fire's effect on people and biodiversity, fire behaviour and research.
The North Australian Fire Information website allows people to see where fires are burning in real time, hotspots throughout the year and recent fire scars.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service website features Blazer's Kids' Corner, which contains activities for early primary students to raise awareness about fire safety.
The South Australia Country Fire Service's website has resources both to educate children on fire safety and to provide practical planning information for adults:
- Featuring Learn Fire Safety with Smokey, the Country Fire Service's Fun Stuff page provides early and middle primary students with information and downloadable activities to heighten fire safety awareness. The website also includes links to the brochure Preparing Children for the Threat of Bushfires, directed at parents and caregivers, and the Red Cross activity book, After the Emergency.
Bushfire Safer Places offers South Australians guidance on relocating to a safer location when severe fire weather occurs. The website's details can help inform people's decisions about bushfire safety plans.
- Schoolcare's Fire Watch Package has a total of 34 lesson plans and over 60 worksheets on fire safety arranged in four levels of schooling from Reception to year 12. A supporting PowerPoint presentation authored by the South Australia Police provides specific safety strategies to be used in the case of bushfires.
The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) of Western Australia has resources designed for both primary and secondary students.
Fire Inside Out is an education package about key aspects of home fires and bushfires aimed at primary students. (Note that hard copies of these resources are no longer in print, but most are still available online.)
Fire Inside Out for junior primary students (pre-primary-year 2)
Fire Inside Out for middle primary students (years 3 and 4)
Fire Inside Out for senior primary students (year 5-7)
FESA has also produced a series of printable bushfire fact sheets for upper primary and lower secondary school students. The series is linked to Health and Physical Education and Science curricula.
Preparing for Bushfire
Bushfire Danger Ratings and Warnings
The Department of Education's Bushfires - Curriculum Context uses content about bushfires to help students understand and appreciate the physical, biological and technological world and attain the knowledge and skills to make decisions relating to it. The website provides a comprehensive list of websites and resources for students and teachers.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
ABC Science's Teaching & Learning Resource Pilot contains three Catalyst programs dealing with bushfires, their management and effects:
Knowing the Enemy examines fire research by CSIRO (for years 6-8).
Fire and Water deals with managing fuels to reduce the impact of bushfires (for years 7-10).
Fighting Fire with Fire explores the influence of climate and impact of humans on the frequency of fires (for year 10).