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Primary Schools Programme

Details of the Primary Schools Programme, which teaches fire safety in the home to schoolchildren in third class.

A primary schools fire safety programme was launched by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in November 2006. The Primary Schools Programme (PSP) has been designed to enhance the level of awareness of fire safety in the home through schoolchildren, and to raise the level of awareness of fire safety in the community.

The PSP delivers fire safety education to third class primary schoolchildren (who are approximately nine years of age) in schools across the country. The schoolchildren are expected as part of their homework to interact with their families on elements of the programme relating to fire safety in the home. This should ensure that awareness is raised in relation to fire safety issues in the home and increases the possibility that these issues are addressed.

The programme is delivered by firefighters of each fire brigade to schools in their respective areas.

Wicklow Fire Service is actively involved in delivering this programme and has been since its inception.