Fire Service - Education



Fire Safety education is a key part of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to the safety of our community. Central to this is our comprehensive education programme which focuses on personal fire safety and domestic fire safety. Ultimately, all children will receive this valuable information and knowledge as part of their ‘lifelong learning’ during their time within Key Stages 1 and 2.

By teaching them these important lessons at an early age, we hope they will gain the knowledge to become safer adults. Children also take the fire safety messages home with them, teaching their parents about smoke alarms and fire safety.

Fire and Rescue staff visit primary schools across the Island to deliver key fire safety messages to children in Year 2 and Year 5. The progressive learning objectives link in with the National Curriculum.

The learning objectives for Year 2 are:

  • To be able to identify matches and lighters as a danger.
  • To know that ‘999’ is the emergency number.
  • To know the ‘Stop, Drop, Roll’ procedure.
  • To know to crawl low in smoke.

In Year 5, children are taught:

  • The need for smoke detectors and an escape plan.
  • How to respond to a fire alarm.
  • How to make the home a safer place.
  • How to make an emergency 999 call.

The two workbooks below are made available for children to use and reinforce the fire safety messages they have learnt.

  1. Key Stage Year 2 Booklet (PDF, 2.62MB 4 pages).
  2. Key Stage Year 5 Booklet (PDF, 2.16MB, 4 pages).


Early Years Resource Box

The Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service recognises the need to educate children from an early age.  Working with the very young opens the opportunity to positively influence children when they are especially receptive to learning.  As part of the progressive fire safety education programme, Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service has developed a resource box of activities that is suitable for use with Nursery and Reception age children and extends the fire safety programme to include the Foundation Stage, linking in with the Early Years curriculum.

The aims of the box are:

  • Young children will become more aware of the dangers of fire and the people who are there to help them and their families if they are in danger.
  • Young children are positively engaged so that they identify with and hold a positive view of Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service and its personnel. 

 The objectives:

  • Children learn about fire safety through interactive activities and experiences.
  • Children further develop their skills of social interaction, listening, numeracy, literacy, and spatial awareness.
  • Children learn about their local firefighters (the people who help us).
  • Children have fun!

All pre-schools and children’s centres have been provided with a resource box and childminders are able to borrow them through the resource loan scheme.  Each resource box contains:

  • Outfits – 5 firefighter tunics, 5 firefighter trousers, 5 firefighter helmets.
  • Books – Topsy and Tim, Fergus the Firefighter, Frances the Firefly, Firefighters, Fireman Fred.
  • Story Booklet – Colour story booklet showing 999 fire call response.
  • Puzzles – Firefighters and Fire Station.
  • Height Chart
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Practitioners Notes – Guidance on how to use the activities.
  • Hot and Cold Cards – Set of sorting cards - hot and cold objects.
  • Posters – Stop, Drop, Roll; Matches and Lighters Never Touch; Firefighters.


Useful Links

Switchedonkids (website)

National Safety Centre   (website)