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Jim Sorensen Safe House at Bribie Island

Fire and emergency education centre

The Bribie Island safe house is a comprehensive fire and emergency education centre open to school and community groups of all ages. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services staff use practical demonstrations to show how you can prevent and prepare for fires and emergencies.

Location: 12 Faraday St, Bellara, 4507

Presentations currently available

Visits to the Safe House typically last 90 minutes but can vary depending on presentation.

Home fire safety – causes of fires, preventing fires, what to do in a fire.


  • Simulated fire and smoke: We are able to simulate a bedroom or kitchen fire with smoke allowing visitors to better understand what they should do in a fire and why.
  • Kitchen fire simulator: spectacular demonstration on how oil fires start, what not to do and how to safely extinguish them.
  • Examples of common safety issues around the home and how fires start and spread.
  • Home safety equipment display.
  • Smoke alarm demonstration and recommendations.
​QFES staff such as firefighters provide community and fire safety lessons

​QFES staff such as firefighters provide community and fire safety lessons

Book a visit

Email or call 07 3635 1790 with the name of your group, contact details, preferred dates and times, the type of presentation you're after and information about your group such as approximate numbers and ages.

Bookings are provisional until confirmed.

The Bribie Island Safe House is also available to Emergency Services for training and incident management.

The Safe House and staff are subject to operational requirements. This means that the house or staff may be required in an emergency and your visit may be cancelled at short notice.

Smoke SimulationSmoke Simulation 2Kitchen Fire Simulation

​Smoke helps simulate a kitchen fire scenario  

​The Safe House provides examples of how fires often start

​A spectacular kitchen stove fire demonstration is a highlight of a safe house visit.

Honours Jim Sorensen

The Bribie Island Safe House is named in honour of Station Officer Jim Sorensen, who served as a firefighter with QFES for 33 years. Sixteen years of his service were spent at Bribie Island Fire and Rescue Station, from 1985 until his retirement in 2000.

Future presentations

While the safe house is currently focussed on fire prevention and safety we're considering the opportunity to expand the range of presentations available. Let us know if you're interested in the following presentations and subject to demand and availability of appropriate staff and volunteers we'll include them in the future.

Get Ready for emergencies – Prepare your plan, prepare a kit, prepare your home, and tune in.

Bushfires – Prepare.Act.Survive. – Prepare your bushfire survival plan: Understanding your risk, Know your options, Leaving early, Staying and defending your property, bushfire survival and relocation kits.

Help yourself in storms and floods – how to prepare your home for a flood or storm, DIY temporary repairs, cleaning up.

This is not what you're looking for? Perhaps you were looking for our Safehome program, where fire fighters visit to assist you in recognising fire and safety hazards in and around the home.