Get Firewise with Fire and Emergency New Zealand

The Get Firewise programme for year 1 and 2 is a fire-safety education programme produced by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. It replaces the Be Firewise programme that many schools have been using since 2000.

The Get Firewise programme for year 1 and 2 has been developed to align with the New Zealand Curriculum (2007). It has been developed by educators and teachers after an evaluation of the Be Firewise programme in 2008.

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Get Firewise for year 1 and 2 is a sequenced programme of learning experiences designed to give five and six year olds knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that will keep them safe around fire.

The students learn behaviours that will keep them from starting fires, such as not playing with matches and lighters. They learn and practise what to do if there is a fire in a building or room they are in.

It focuses on:

  • not playing with matches and lighters
  • being safe near  fires
  • understanding that fire can be dangerous
  • knowing what to do if there is a fire in a room
  • practising evacuating from a room in a fire emergency.

The programme has an additional section where students learn and practise calling 111 in an emergency.

The programme is cross-curricula with a strong literacy focus. It meets the objectives of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007).

Get Firewise is a flexible programme and can be used as a short term topic using literacy and topic time over two or three weeks. It can also be used as a whole term topic using an inquiry learning approach.

The Get Firewise resource has an A3 picture book, Tamati and Sam Get Firewise that is also provided as a digital story for use on an interactive whiteboard or a computer.

Get Firewise provides a free book and DVD for families and whānau to encourage them to learn and practise behaviours that will keep them safe from fire.


In Get Firewise students gain new knowledge and behaviours and then complete a range of learning experiences so they can practise what they have learned.

What is fire?

Students identify and extend their current knowledge about fire and why it is dangerous.

Matches and lighters

Students identify matches and lighters and learn that they are tools to be used by adults. The students practise handing matches and lighters to an adult.

Candles (optional)

Your students’ inquiry into what fire is will determine whether you focus the learning around the safe use of candles. Information and learning experiences about the safe use of candles are provided in the resources.

Smoke alarms

Students learn to recognise a smoke alarm and the sound it makes. They learn to leave a room as soon as they hear the smoke alarm. The learning is supported by an A3 shared reading story, Tamati and Sam Get Firewise.

A fire in my room

Students learn what to do if there is a fire in a room they are in and practise:

  • Get down, get low, get out – FAST
  • Shut the door
  • Shout FIRE, FIRE, FIRE
  • Stay out
  • Go to the safe meeting place.

Learning is supported by an A3 shared reading story, Our Firewise Family.

What do firefighters do?

Inquiry learning into what firefighters do; how they put out fires and other roles they have in the community. The learning is supported by the opportunity to talk with a firefighter when they come to deliver the Get Firewise presentation.

Firefighters’ presentation

Firefighters come to the class and discuss the Get Firewise messages and answer students’ questions about what firefighters do.

Call 111 (optional)

Students learn to call 111 and give correct information about a fire emergency.

Fires in rural areas (optional)

Inquiry learning into how rural communities deal with fire emergencies. This will have particular relevance for families and whānau in rural areas who cannot always rely on rapid assistance from firefighters.

Firefighter visit

While the Get Firewise programme is designed to be delivered solely by teachers, a visit by firefighters or designated Firewise coordinators can occur near the end, or after the learning programme has been completed.

The firefighter visit is a structured presentation to the class that summarises and reinforces the key learning in the Get Firewise. It is usually about 30-to 40-minutes.

The presentation is designed around gaining responses from students and must be delivered to one class at a time to be effective. The firefighters will not deliver presentations to groups of classes because the student’s retention of safety behaviours is compromised.

This presentation focuses on:

  • being safe with matches, lighters and candles
  • the speed of fire
  • escaping from a room that has smoke in it.

The firefighter or Firewise coordinator will discuss this presentation with you and can adapt it to meet the identified needs of your class. They will use a range of visual aids in the presentation, including props, a flip chart and a short piece of DVD footage.

The presentation will end with your students completing an evacuation of the classroom crawling under a black smoke sheet.

Please note: A firefighter presentation supports, but it is not a substitute for, the learning programme. Students must have completed, or have almost completed, Get Firewise, before a firefighter can visit. Not all locations will have firefighters available.

To check the availability and/or arrange for a firefighter or Firewise coordinator to visit your class, please use the contact form provided.

Please note: Firefighters that visit are on duty, this means they may be called away if there is an emergency.

Tamati and Sam Get Firewise Interactive Story

The Tamati and Sam Get Firewise interactive story is an integral component of the Get Firewise resource. The story reinforces key fire-safety messages.

This and other video’s are now available here


Additional information


Formative Assessment, Summative Assessment


Ready to Go

Experience Type

Activity, Online Game, Printable, Project, Quiz, Video, Worksheet

Free or Paid


Group Size

Group Work, Whole Class

Key Competencies

Managing Self, Thinking


Full Lesson


ECE, One, Two, Three, Four

Programme Length


Teacher of Student Led

Student Led, Teacher Led

Resource Type

Download, Online


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