Fire and water safety school visits from Fire and Rescue common questions

Find information and answers to frequently asked questions about our fire, road and water safety sessions.

What do our school visits offer?

We aim to deliver innovative, engaging and age-appropriate safety education sessions that will equip young people with the knowledge and skills that they need to keep themselves safe, both now and in the future.

Our school visits include:

  • Original content that exactly fits our key safety messages.
  • Complements the curriculum and links to PSHE Association guidance.
  • Dynamic and pupil-led sessions, encouraging questions and collaboration throughout.
  • Learning that is interactive, inclusive, and easily applied beyond the classroom.
  • Inclusive and accessible to all with adaptations and alternatives available.

We have created detailed lesson plans that will challenge and educate the pupils in an accessible and engaging way, whilst recognising how different children learn and the range of teaching strategies required to ensure all pupils can achieve the learning outcomes.

About the sessions?

How many pupils can be in one session?

Sessions are delivered to a maximum class size of 34.

We do not deliver our sessions to whole year groups as we find that interactive workshops with smaller groups allow for a better learning experience than assemblies or lectures where opportunities for questions are often limited

Who delivers them?

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage fire safety session for Reception comprises two distinct parts. Firstly the children enjoy and explore the Early Years Learning Box in class, then a crew from your local fire station will visit the class to consolidate their learning.
  • The Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 fire safety school visits are delivered by our Education Officers.
  • The Key Stage 3 fire safety and water safety sessions are delivered by our Education Officers.
  • The Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 road safety session Safe Drive, Stay Alive is delivered as part of a multi-agency presentation at Dorking Halls or via an online film.

What not to expect

  • Fire crews to attend in a fire engine. The crew visit is only part of the Early Years fire safety session for Reception. All other sessions are delivered by our Education Officers.
  • Fires to be set in the playground. We do not set any fires as part of our sessions.

How do I book?

Session timings

All our sessions are available to book Monday to Thursday, term time only.

Sessions are between 45 minutes to 60 minutes broken down into smaller key messages.

Three windows of start times are available:

  • 9am to 9.30am
  • 11.15am to 11.45am
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

When booking, please select the start window that best suits your requirements. You will then be prompted to specify a time in your chosen window.

Please give at least 7 days notice or email the Education Officers to check if we have any late availability at firesafetyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk.

How far in advance can I book?

Bookings are available a term in advance and open from the start of half term the previous term.

Can we book multiple sessions in a day?

In most cases one Education Officer will attend the school and can complete a maximum of three separate sessions in a day. One session equals one class with a maximum of 34 children.

Early years - Only one crew visit as the crews will be on active duty and need to be available to attend emergencies, even if this means leaving a session early.

If you would like to make an enquiry about block bookings or book for more than 6 classes please email our Education Officers at firesafetyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk

How much does the session cost?

All of our sessions are free.

Make a booking

  • Early Years Learning Box and crew visit to Reception.

We are currently unable to take bookings for this service. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to offering this service again as soon as possible.

  • Key Stage 1 (Year 2), Key Stage 2 (Year 5),

Please use the booking system to book one session per class with a maximum of 34 students.

Book a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 school visit

  • Key Stage 3 (Year 8) water safety sessions.

Make an enquiry using the Key Stage 3 booking enquiry form

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Accessible to all

All our sessions can be adapted to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs. Our Education Officers will work with you prior to the visit to identify the children's specific needs and provide suitable adaptations to ensure all pupils can achieve the learning outcomes.

This could include:

  • Adapted resources (large print, coloured paper etc)
  • Transcripts and subtitles for media resources
  • Alternative activities
  • Length of session
  • Sharing materials in advance for adaptation by you

For more information or to discuss your requirements email our Education Officers at firesafetyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk

SEND school fire safety visit

We offer Fire Safety sessions to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) schools throughout the year.

In collaboration with teachers, we design and deliver tailored sessions that are accessible, inclusive, interactive and meet the needs of your pupils.

To discuss your requirements and make a booking please email our Education Officers at firesafetyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of our school visits or resources please email our Education Officers at firesafetyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk