Accessible Page Links

Page Tools

Main page Content

World Record at Lawnton

​Queensland’s Fire Foundation founder and fire victim Ms Jodee Wyatt and her two sons
Lawnton State School has a chance to break a global record for the World’s Largest Fire Safety Class later this month. At least 2000 people are needed to set a new official world record at Lawnton State School on Saturday 30 August. The attempt for the enormous class to learn how to ‘Stop, drop and roll’ in the event of fire will be staged under official Guinness World Book of Records observation between 11-11.15am.  Anyone can attend and be part of the new world record. 
The record is for the greatest number of people attending and participating in a stop, drop & roll demonstration at a single venue.  The fire safety technique, commonly taught to children, involves stopping all movement (which might fan the fire), dropping to the floor, and rolling in order to suffocate and extinguish any flames on the clothes.  The record class will be filmed and about 40 stewards are expected to witness the attempt.
Queensland’s Fire Foundation founder and fire victim Ms Jodee Wyatt said the world record attempt would bring attention to the need for fire safety and awareness of what to do to survive in an emergency.
“Every year, fire causes up to 100 deaths and 3000 injuries in Australia and tragically, most of those affected are the elderly, women and children,” Jodee said. 
“While a house fire wreaks havoc in minutes, the physical and emotional pain inflicted is long-lasting.
“The more we have people who realise how quickly a fire spreads and who know how to protect themselves, the better.  This is especially true for children and the elderly, who can panic in a fire situation,” she said.
Jodee and her family almost lost their lives in a house fire that destroyed their Brisbane home in 2006.   After surviving the ordeal, she faced the challenge of rebuilding her home and her life.  At the time Jodee discovered there was very little support for people in her position, so she established the Fire Foundation in 2011.
The foundation is Australia’s only national, not-for-profit organisation that assists fire and burns victims.