Community

Early Childhood

MFB receives regular enquiries from kindergartens and child care centres requesting a visit from firefighters to teach children about fire safety and allow children to see fire trucks up close and meet firefighters personally.

MFB does not deliver structured fire safety programs to children below primary school age due to the low retention rates for information they had learned and an increased risk of stimulating interest in fire plan and risky behaviour. These were issues identified by the Mental Health Services of the Royal Children's Hospital in collaboration with the MFB

MFB does however offer resources to those caring for and educating pre-schoolers, who are best placed to ensure that very young children are safe from fire.

Pre-school resource kit

MFB has produced a pre-school resource kit to assist kindergartens and child care centres. This kit consists of a series of eight special posters showing firefighters in uniform (everyday uniform and fire fighting uniform), firefighters in action, fire trucks and the MFB alphabet poster.

Kid Zone

MFB Kidzone is a fun and interactive website to help children learn all about fire safety and the fire brigade.  The website you will find plenty of educational games and fun activities.

Community displays

Many young children have a strong interest in firefighters and fire trucks. The best place to see them in action would be at the regular community displays held at the larger stations in the MFB area.  More information on community displays

Factsheets

For further information regarding the kindergarten and child care kits contact the Community Resilience Department on (03) 9665 4464 or commres@mfb.vic.gov.au
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