The pilot phase of the BFireSafe@School Programme (rolled out on 30 August 2019) aims to increase fire safety education among post-primary students, by giving them the opportunity to learn about protecting themselves, their families and communities from fire.
The project also provides 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 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.
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.
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.