A new program aimed at educating children, aged three to five, on the role of emergency service workers has been launched today.

The Ambulance Service of NSW, in close consultation with NSW Police Force and NSW Fire Brigades, has developed the ‘Emergency Helpers Program’ aimed at children who attend early childhood centres.

The program encompasses all emergency service workers, with a focus on teaching children to recognise emergency service personnel and to learn the number to call in an emergency. It also includes tools to begin assisting children with learning their home address.

NSW Police said that even for children as young as three, it is very important that they be able to recognise officers from NSW Ambulance, NSW Police Force and NSW Fire Brigade in the community who can help them when they are in trouble.

The Ambulance Service of NSW, NSW Police Force and NSW Fire Brigades encourage all Early Childhood Centres to download the program from their websites: www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au or www.police.nsw.gov.au