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On The Job

Community and Health - FIRE FIGHTER


Find a Word


LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

1. Click on the Fire Extinguisher and print off the "Find a word" and complete the puzzle

Find a word puzzle



A Fire Survival Kit - A Fire Safety Budgeting Unit. [Submitted by Jessie Callan, ACU Education Student]

PrimaryPrimary [Year 4 but could be adapted to Year 6]

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

This is a Rich Task challenging students to design a survival pack for families whose homes are under threat from fires. They are to decide which items to take with them according to a limited budget.

TeacherTeacher: Caution. Do not use this activity where fires have devastated communities.

Duration: 6 - 8 Lessons.

Introduction from a BTN video



You are a team of volunteers designing survival packs for families whose homes are under threat from the fires.

You will be using a budget allocated to your team to create a survival pack. All items selected must fit inside a 2x1m trailer.

Each family which your team is assigned to lives in a different area and has their own needs.

You will need to be creative and show critical thinking (and your budgeting skills) to determine which items will best support your family.

TeacherTeacher: For the Full Unit [.zip] - Lesson Plans, Unit Overview, Handouts, PPTs, and Assessment, click here.




Statistics and Fire Fighters

MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

1. In groups of 4 - 5 students, investigate the following websites by dividing up the reading. Reading

Black Saturday Bushfires

Black Saturday
Australian Geographic

Australian Geographic
Geoscience Australia - What causes bushfires?

What causes bushfires GA
News: South Australian bushfires: More than ...5 January 2015

Australian Government: About Bushfires

Australian Govt about bushfires
Facts and Myths about Bushfires and Climate Change

Climate Change

2. Discussion

Using the photos contained in the websites as stimulus, discuss possible considerations a firefighter needs to include to contain a bushfire (e.g. location, climate, wind direction and speed, forecasts, etc).

3. Research an Australian bushfire and create an information sheet including the discussed considerations. As a fire fighter, what advice would you give local citizens at this time to stay safe?

4. Create a table of statistics about Australian Bushfires

5. Create a Poster showing these significant statistics to educate people about Australian bushfires.

6. As a class, share the posters each group has created.

Public Service Announcement: Indigenous innovation could save billion tonnes of greenhouse gases

High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

IndigenousAustralian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority

1. In groups of 4 - 5 students, share read the following article from The Conversation 22 April 2016 Reading

The Conversation 22042016

2. "Wildfire and climate change"

Fire-dependent ecosystems, such as tropical dry forests and savannas, cover around one-sixth of the global land surface. Indigenous people occupy most of these landscapes.

A major problem in all these landscapes is poor fire management. Large destructive fires are prevalent as a result. Many of these fire-dependent landscapes are closely linked with tropical rainforests, so poor fire regimes in savannas can have a significant impact on these forests as well.

In Australia, research has shown that burning the savanna in the early dry season rather than late can reduce emissions by as much as half. This is in line with Indigenous fire practices.

Through the Australian government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (under which savanna burning can earn credits), Australia is leading the world in reintroducing traditional fire practices.

The first project to use these practices to generate carbon credits was the Western Arnhem Land Fire Agreement (WALFA), which started in 2006. A decade later, the Clean Energy Regulator (which manages the Emissions Reduction Fund) has approved 65 projects.

More than 30 of these now have contracts with the regulator for over 7 million tonnes of carbon worth more than A$90 million. Fourteen are either Indigenous-owned or have significant Indigenous involvement.

These projects have also created jobs in remote and vulnerable communities, improved biodiversity, reinvigorated Indigenous culture and improved food security and health by enabling people to move out of dysfunctional urban life back to country. These projects represent a rapidly developing business that will play an increasingly important role in climate change policies...

While other countries have reintroduced traditional fire management, none measure the emissions reductions as Australia does.

Fire Management
Warddeken Land Management

Looking ahead

The next few years will significantly shape the prospects for these traditional fire management projects.

Australia’s climate change policies are set for comprehensive review in 2017, and climate change will be a key issue in the next federal election. The Paris Agreement provides important opportunities for land use management and carbon trading, which this Australian innovation can make an important contribution to achieving.

Traditional fire management represents a major “new” method of land use to mitigate climate change. As with REDD+, reaching its full potential will take decades and billions of dollars.

The next step is to develop a series of pilot sites in other countries. This should be accompanied by regional and international activities to develop the necessary monitoring, reporting and verification procedures along with providing awareness and policymaking support and working closely with relevant organisations.

Promoting this innovative Australian approach, which combines fire management, carbon abatement and Indigenous empowerment, represents a winning combination for global export, while matching existing government policies at all levels.

Support for the next phase of savanna fire management will therefore provide an interesting test of the government’s commitments to play a serious and constructive role in addressing climate change and to support innovation.

3. As a group, you are to investigate the following websites: Reading

Creative Spirits: Aboriginal Fire Management

Aboriginal Fire Management
WA - Parks and Wildlife - Traditional Aboriginal burning

Traditional Aboriginal burning
SBS: What role for Indigenous methods of fire management? Audio file

Savanna Explorer: The Future

Savanna Explorer

4. As a group, you are to set about convincing...

Professor Rebecca Bird from Stanford University states..."Often it's very difficult for people to accept, especially the role that fire plays in the environment. When we're out on the Canning Stock Route with Aboriginal people, you go and you visit a well and tourists have recorded in the little visitors' booklet that the wells, how upset they are that the country is burnt, how ugly fire is and how horrible it is that things have completely devastated and in that same entry, like six months later, you scroll down and look at the comments that other people are leaving and they're talking about how beautiful the country is. Look at all the wildflowers, look at how gorgeous everything is. Well it's only that beautiful because people have been out there burning and the fire has happened. It's just a way of looking at the landscape that sees fire as something that's cleansing and that a burned area is something that's good and clean will eventually produce all of this gorgeous stuff that it just takes a complete switch of your mindset."

To do this, you are to create a Public Service Announcement to change the mindset of people about Traditional Aboriginal Fire Management methods and to promote saving billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases.


5. Plan your PSA by following the process in the following video: How to Make a PSA


6. Reflection


Share with the rest of the class. Who developed the strongest PSA? What made this particular PSA so meaningful?


Another Activity about Fires and their effect on our community:

Fires and Beekeeping: What's the implications?


Rescue Rover [from Try]
PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

This lesson focuses on the tools and equipment used during technical rescue operations.Teams of students construct a device out of everyday materials to rescue a puppy from a well.

  • Design and build a rescue device

  • Test and refine their designs

  • Communicate their design process and results

Lesson Plan [PDF]


Websites, Games & Apps

US Fire

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Try these fun Firefighter games!
USA Firefighter - Games
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ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Takes some time to download. Games about smoke alarms, escape planning, home fire safety, Hydro's Hazard House, crossword, word search, colouring.

Parents and Teachers' area.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service - Kid's Page


ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Qld Fire and Rescue Service
Firesafety App


ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

If you have an smart phone (android or iphone) you can download
this free app called firesafety which gives you access to tips on fire safety.

Cost: FREE
Developer: MultiMedia DimensionsLLC
Fire Safety Apps


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