European Fire Safety Award for 2021 for the Erasmus+ funded ‘BFireSafeatSchool’ project

The Leitrim County Council fire service won the prestigious European Fire Safety Award for 2021 for the Erasmus+ funded ‘BFireSafeatSchool’ project at the 6th International Safety Education seminar ( held in Croke Park Dublin recently. The award is sponsored by the European Fire Safety Alliance and the Federation of European Fire Officers ( It was one of 12 projects submitted from countries all over Europe.  The award was presented by Maria Walsh MEP a member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education. All of the shortlisted projects were presented with a Certificate of Excellence.

The BFireSafe@School project is an Erasmus+ funded project that developed a new fire safety education programme for post primary schools all over Europe.  Leitrim County Council was the lead partner and the project consortium consisted of 9 project partners from 7 EU countries including Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania and Spain.  Finian Joyce, Chief Fire Officer in Leitrim was the Project Coordinator.

It is a collaboration between teachers and fire service personnel who will share best practice and use innovative digital learning methods to deliver the programme in school.  The new fire safety training programme (consisting of 10 modules delivered in the classroom and online) has been translated into 10 European languages and is suitable for pupils aged 12 -18.

For further details check out our project website –  

Contact Finian Joyce at for further information.