The programme is aimed at teaching children about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters, and what to do if there is a fire.
Yesterday, a group of officers from CIFS led by the Rescue Fire Service manager Nga Jessie visited the Blackrock Preschool and Avarua School (intermediate level).
The team was accompanied by Matt Evans from the New Zealand Fire Service’s Fire Wise Programme.
Evans did presentations to the students of both schools highlighting issues regarding fire safety.
Students were receptive during his sessions and displayed knowledge on the subject.
Jessie says they are liaising with other schools for an opportunity to run similar programme.
“The whole idea is to minimise house fires in the Cook Islands. We want to educate the children on fire safety through this Fire Wise programme,” he says.
Blackrock Preschool Centre principal Stephanie Puiri was impressed with Evans’ presentation which included reading a colourful storybook about fire safety at home and a fire safety song.
“This is important for the early childhood age-group, as young children have a short attention span and tend to tune out if the stories are too long,” Puiri says.
“We also love the new song for the same reasons- catchy tune and the great, simple actions to go along with it will hopefully make it easy for the kids to retain the fire safety message.”
The preschool staff and committee thanked Jessie and his team for coordinating Evans’ visit to the centre.
“The children always love having visitors, and love reading new books and singing new songs, so thanks very much for coming to see us, what a brilliant way to get the fire safety message across to some of our most vulnerable citizens.”
The team will be at Avarua School from 10.30 to 11.30am today.