THE National Fire Authority (NFA) is encouraging schools to visit its stations so students can be aware of the issue of fire safety.
During a visit from Rewasau Kindergarten from Monasavu last week, NFA CEO John O'Connor said it was visits like this that could help save lives.
"The importance of educating and protecting children from the dangers and trauma that can be caused by fire in and around the home is widely recognised and we appreciate the support of school management, teachers and parents for instilling fire safety awareness for the children of their community," Mr O'Connor said.
"Such visits enhance partnership between firefighters, teachers, students and parents in an effort to reduce fire incidents and the impact of fires in our community."
Students are taught on the consequences of a house fire and survival skills to ensure their safety during visits to fire stations.
"The students are taken through practical drills on how to safely evacuate their homes in case of a fire by entering our smokehouse program. Students are also taken through practical drills on what to do if their clothes are on fire."
Rewasau Kindergarten teacher Venaisi Leno said the students learnt a lot from the visit.
"This was the first time our students have visited the fire station and they have learnt a lot from this visit in terms of fire safety."
Last week, the Fiji National Council for Disabled People also visited the Suva Fire Station.