BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN
Brandon Fire and Emergency Services members serve up soup and sandwiches for teachers with the Brandon School Division to kick off their Learn Not to Burn education campaign on Friday. Take-home parts of the program are now available in 10 languages.
Brandon Fire and Emergency Services has launched another year of its fire safety program aimed at elementary students from kindergarten to Grade 3.
Learn Not to Burn is an annual educational program for teachers to take to the classroom that extended to more than 2,500 Brandon students in 127 classrooms in 2012 — a 10 per cent increase from the previous year.
The program hasn’t changed much in the 1997 since it was introduced, but through the program’s website (brandonfire.ca/learn-not-to-burn), the take-home parts of the program are offered in 10 languages by simply using Google Translate — a first for the program.
"The parent will get the letter in English and will tell them to go to the website and they can read everything in the 10 different languages," said fire prevention officer Brad MacKay.
"The thanks goes to the teachers who take on the program," he said. "We rely on them to do what they do best — teach the program and it has been really, really good."
At each level, new behaviours are taught and old material is reviewed to make sure it’s sinking in.
Brandon Fire and Emergency Services received the FM Global Fire Prevention Grant this year worth $2,500, which will be used for the printed material distributed to students for this school year.
The Brandon fire department is the first in Manitoba and only one of five fire services in Canada to receive that grant.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 7, 2013