FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION FOR POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Pictured at the launch of the BFireSafe@School Pilot Project for Post-Primary Schools (l-r): Rachel and Laura McIntyre, Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Dylan Gallagher, Ciaran Devaney, Ellyanna Madden and Joseph McGovern at the Custom House in Dublin.

The pilot phase of the BFireSafe@School Programme was rolled out on Friday 30 August to increase fire safety education among post-primary students, giving them the opportunity to learn about protecting themselves, their families and communities from fire.

The project will also provide learning opportunities in fire science and potential careers in the fire service and other related industries. Following this pilot run during the 2019/20 academic year, it is anticipated that the programme will be rolled out nationally and made available to all post-primary schools. 

This new Erasmus+ funded post-primary project, which will also involve local fire services in the education process, has been led by Finian Joyce, Chief Fire Officer with Leitrim Fire and Rescue Service. 

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, pictured with Finian Joyce, Leitrim’s Chief Fire Officer, and representatives from the fire services at the launch of the BFireSafe@School Programme at Dublin’s Custom House.

He has assembled a core team drawn from the Irish Fire and Rescue Services, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, and the Irish education system to produce a new fire safety education programme that will be pilot tested initially in 16 schools in Ireland. 

The three-year project, which started in October 2018 and will conclude in April 2021, is aimed at students who are studying within the Junior Cycle, Transition Year, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Cert Applied Programmes.

Chief Fire Officer Finian Joyce has formed a consortium of European partners, drawn from fire services and education development partners in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania and Spain to deliver the project at European level following the pilot.

Eoghan Murphy, TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, who launched the pilot phase of the BFireSafe@School Programme at the Custom House, Dublin, pictured with representatives from the fire services (north and south), department officials, post-primary students, and (far right) ‘Emergency Services Ireland’ Editor Grace Heneghan.

This collaborative approach has contributed to the development of this education package and, following the pilot programme’s roll-out in Ireland, it will be adapted and translated for use amongst post-primary students in Europe.

The pilot project, which was launched on Friday 30 August by Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government at the Custom House, complements the primary school ‘Safety Team’ fire education programme which is run by his department in conjunction with fire services nationwide.