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Media Release

New fun game teaches children importance of Triple Zero
Thursday 5 August 2010 – 9:30 AM

A new interactive online computer game has been developed to teach kindergarten and primary school children how and when to dial triple zero.

FESA Assistance Chief Operations Officer Fire Services Metropolitan Lloyd Bailey said the game may be fun however it is teaching children skills that may one day save their life.

“Animated characters Kate and Pete, take children through a variety of scenarios in a fun and interactive way helping children to remember important safety messages,” Mr Bailey said.

“During one scenario the characters need to safely get out of the house which is on fire.

“Here children learn about escape plans, crawling under smoke and staying calm.

“They then help Kate dial triple zero, tell the operator if they need Fire, Police or Ambulance and give detailed information regarding their address and telephone number.”

Children who have been taught how to dial triple zero in an emergency and give the operator information have saved lives of family members and friends.

Each child is rewarded with a certificate at the end of each scenario.

There are clear instructions on how to use the game making it easy for children to play with support of teachers and parents.

The game has also been translated into Hindi, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), Thai, Arabic and Sudanese (Dinka).

Children can access the game at www.triplezero.gov.au

 

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