EVERY Year 1 student in the region will get a "talking-to" from firefighters this year in an effort to educate youngsters about fire safety.
Many primary schools have already been paid a visit and this week, Jones Hill Primary was among them.
The much-anticipated fire truck visit was a highlight of the education package, delivered by Gympie Fire and Rescue - from the frontline to the classroom.
Fire Ed is just one of the community services provided by our local firefighters.
As one of the longest-standing and best-known programs run by Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Fire Ed is carried out every year on a day convenient to each school.
The program is not just "Stop, Drop and Roll," but an updated, interactive school community safety program which can be used by all teachers teaching Prep to Year 3.
The new, interactive package incorporates an amazing Big Book with key learning messages and four safety rules, as well as a teacher's resource manual and a fun and interactive DVD, which are provided to the school at each visit.
High school seniors will receive important messages about road safety when firefighters embark on the Roads, Attitudes and Action Planning program (RAAP) in July.
Gympie firefighters will visit their Gympie High School on July 9, and will deliver talks at all high schools through to the end of August.
The program was previously called the Road Awareness and Accident Prevention program, but a name change was decided to suit current thinking, which is; "there are no accidents, all crashes have a cause".
The RAAP Program is a state-wide initiative targeting novice and pre-licensed drivers, riders and passengers. The program is designed to reinforce in young drivers the need to plan ahead and is delivered regionally by both on-duty and off-duty firefighters.