English Language Schools

Flames for teenagers

Flames is a fire safety education program for secondary aged students newly arrived in Australia to be delivered in English Language Schools and Centres.

These students are often relied on by their families for information regarding a new environment.

They have not attended primary school in Australia and therefore missed out on receiving fire safety education through the Fire Ed program which is delivered to primary schools in the MFD.

The Flames program was written specifically for these students. They are taught English through fire safety education.

Key program messages

  • Firefighters role in the community
  • Home fire safety information
  • Emergency procedures information
  • 000 emergency phone number
  • Practical work includes
  • Use of smoke alarms, testing and replacing battery
  • Flammability test on different fabrics

Program Delivery

  • Manuals are provided to all participating schools.
  • The program is designed to be delivered each term to participating ELS.
  • Prior to Firefighter involvement, teachers prepare the students from lesson plans in teachers' manual.
  • Firefighters specifically trained for this task visit the school and deliver a 100 minutes session containing hands on activities.

Teaching staff continue to reinforce the key messages of the program with follow up activities also contained in the teachers manual.

Flames for Adult Migrants

Flames for Adult Migrants was a partnership program between the MFB and the Adult multicultural Education Services (AMES) Victoria.

Adult migrant students are taught English skills through the study of fire safety and fire safe behaviors. 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.
  • Use of fire blankets and portable extinguishers.

Program Delivery

  • Firefighters specially trained to deliver Flames, present the program to adult students at AMES centres.
  • Teaching staff continue to reinforce the key messages of the program with follow up activities contained in the Teachers Manual.
  • For centres using 'A Safe Start' presentations are designed to meet individual needs.

For further general information please contact the Community Resilience Department on (03) 9665 4464 or

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