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17 September 2014—Teaching children to save lives

Minister for Justice

Teaching children to save lives

17 September 2014

Many children call Triple Zero for help when a parent, friend or relative requires emergency assistance. Others have reported house fires, been at the scene of a motor accident or witnessed a crime.

Today at North Cottesloe Primary School I joined Triple Zero hero, five-year-old Ethan Ribiero and his classmates, to launch the Triple Zero Kids Challenge Teachers Guide.

The guide is a resource for teachers of students in Prep, and Grade 1 and 2 to accompany the successful Triple Zero Kids Challenge online game, and is an initiative of the Triple Zero Awareness Working Group, a national forum representing emergency services across Australia.

The guide is aligned with the Australian Curriculum and is designed to teach children the practical steps on how to identify, confidently react to, and report emergencies by calling Triple Zero.

Ethan showed remarkable maturity when he called Triple Zero after his father had a seizure at their home. He was four years old at the time, yet was able to assist his father with the help of the Triple Zero call-taker.

Ethan was awarded a St John's Ambulance Community Hero Award in September last year and is a shining example of what happens when children are taught at home or at school about what to do in an emergency and when Triple Zero can help.

The Australian Government has contributed more than $40,000 towards this project through the 2013/14 National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) funding scheme in collaboration with the Triple Zero Awareness Work Group.

The Triple Zero Kids Challenge game can be found at http://kids.triplezero.gov.au.