Introduce Project Firestorm to ignite training in schools

AN innovative new education experience is taking fire education to the classroom as unprecedented bushfire activity has devastated NSW for several months, with over five million hectares burnt, more than 2400 homes destroyed and 25 lives lost.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said Project Firestorm, which he launched on Tuesday at Picnic Point Public School, would challenge students to better understand the bushfire risk, and how they could help support their communities and the NSW RFS.
“Education plays a critical role in training the next generation for disaster preparedness and recovery,” Mr Elliott said.
“With scarcely a region untouched by bushfire this summer, it’s more important than ever for communities to be educated and prepared for when disaster strikes.”
The digital immersive experience will see students join the online team of Firestormers in their mission to battle bushfires and protect communities. Each Firestormer has specialised skills that provide inspiration for students to develop their own STEM projects.
The best project will receive the Project Firestorm Commissioner’s Award and will come to life through a real NSW RFS trial.
The NSW RFS has partnered with the Department of Education to launch the program for Stage 3 students, featuring lesson planes and teacher guides, multimedia resources and advice and support from local firefighters.