Community engagement unit

Primarily focused on educating the community about the dangers of fire and preparing people for when they may be faced with a fire situation. Community Engagement provides a key component to Fire and Rescue Services throughout Australia and is one area where less means more, where results are not measured by the number of fires attended but by the success of fire reduction programs.

Less structure fires, less grass and scrub fires, less MVA's and less rural property fires all serve to indicate the degree of success educational programs and strategies implemented by Community Engagement and the Fire Service have achieved.

The Community Engagement Unit within the NTFRS has strong working relationships with Fire Services from all States and Territories through the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council work groups. This combined voice gives significant strength to projects undertaken in both the national and local arena.

Smart Sparx

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A school based fire safety program aimed at Transition to Year 2-3 students aged 5 to 7-8 years. The program is linked to the Curriculum Framework with Outcomes listed at Key Growth Point 3. Focus outcomes relate directly to Promoting Individual and Community Health with links to English, Math, Science and Studies of Society and Environment. Telephone: (08) 8999 3473 or request online

Juvenile Fire Awareness and Intervention Program

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Designed to assist families/carers in dealing with individual juveniles who have engaged in fire play, fire-setting or who have lit fires but not committed a criminal offence.

However, the program also allows for referrals from Children’s Court, Juvenile Justice, Schools, family doctors, paediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers and in some cases deals with Court referrals for more severe arson charges. Telephone: (08) 8999 3473 request online



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"Choices" is a student workshop aimed at educating learner and provisional drivers at the senior school level on the issues young road users face. The Workshop is suitable for groups of up to 40 students (larger groups can be accommodated).

This program is a joint road safety educational initiative of the Northern Territory Government, through Department of Transport Road Safety, Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services, St John Ambulance and supported by the Department of Education.

Basic Home Fire Safety Training Materials


Basic home fire safety information is now included in the qualifications for a range of community services workers. The lesson materials for this have been centrally developed to ensure their application and use in all states and territories. In addition to their use in formal training the material is also recommended for use by community agencies in staff induction for new workers and skills maintenance for existing workers. Telephone: (08) 8999 3473

Program materials

Reaching the Hard to Reach

Full Program Outline

The aim of the presentation is to provide all family carers access to basic home fire safety information to enhance their safety and the safety of the people for whom they provide care.

The presentation covers:

  • Smoke alarms - legislation, types of smoke alarms, placement, maintenance;
  • risk reduction - in the kitchen, laundry, electrical, general and outdoors;
  • evacuation - being prepared, evacuation in an emergency, guidance if you are unable to get out; and
  • rural environments.

Telephone: (08) 8999 3473 request online

Fire Safety in the Home

Full Program Outline

Aimed at all levels of the community this power-point presentation provides basic home fire safety information.

It covers the main aspects of fire dangers in and around the home and gives advice on what to look for and how to deal with fire safety issues identified. Telephone: (08) 8999 3473 request online

Basic Fire Awareness

This program provides basic fire awareness information, however, is only available in areas where there is no appropriate alternative programs available through the private sector. Telephone: (08) 8999 3473

After a Fire

After a Fire

Nothing can really prepare you for the impact of a fire or other emergency on your family and property. Even a small fire or flood can make you feel helpless and unsure of what to do next. Community Education has prepared this information to give you some guidance on the important things you need to do if the unimaginable happens. Telephone: (08) 8999 3473

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Triple Zero Kids challenge

Tripple zero kids challenge

An online game developed to teach children about seeking help and dealing with dangerous situations.

Throughout the progress of the game children make decisions about situations they find themselves in and learn about getting help.

Children are also able to hear what happens when you call triple Zero. Along the way they will meet the “Zeros” as they are guided step by step through the game. 

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Teacher Guide and Resource Pack


Li'L Larikkans

Li'l Larikkans 

Li'L Larrikins are a group of friends having big adventures and learning about natural hazards in a small outback town.

In these videos you will get to meet Amy, Trev and Jimmy as well as Maddy the Koala and Bob the dog as they learn all about how to prepare for and manage the dangerous bush fire season. Follow along as they teach about fire safety, emergency plans and preventative measures.