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Youth Fire Brigade Gaming Night

This game night is not only suitable for the young firefighters but also for fire enthusiasts, as a birthday party or the like.

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Youth Fire Brigade Gaming Night | ©: Klaus Eppele - Fotolia


For birthdays, children can disguise themselves according to the theme. Since water plays a great deal in many of those games, waterproof clothes are advisable. In youth brigades working clothes should be worn.


First, the children are divided into groups of about 4-8 players. If the children are of different ages, it makes sense to tell the children that they should line up according to size and age. Then you count out 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, and so on). This way you get a good mix of children. If all children in the group are about the same age, you can also print out firefighter motives print (suggestions for this can be found on the Internet) and distribute them to the children. Every child with the same motif is in one group.

Firemen Taboo

In preparation, you take pictures of firefighter devices. You also can use images from the Internet. The following devices are good examples: C-hose, spray lance, pressure relief valve, stretcher, distributer, chainsaw ...

One child must explain what the device is for, without saying the actual name of the device. Either all participants can guess or only the team of the child describing the device. In a given time as many as possible devices must be guessed.

Variant for children who are not as knowledgeable about this particular the equipment: Print out a description. The game leader reads the description and all the children are allowed to make a guess on which of the images, the device can be seen. The team, with the most correct answers, wins. Example: There is a 15m long object, water flows through it - C-hose.

  1. Water Transport

    Warning: Children can get wet

    Two buckets are at a distance of about 10-20m. Players must try to transport water from one bucket to the other. For this purpose, a filling hose is used (about 5m). It is filled with jars or other scooping containers and then gently carried over to the other bucket. The team which transported the most water within a particular time wins.

    Alternative: Buckets are closer to each other. With 4 children use 3m, with 6 children 5m, with 8 children 7m. The water must be transported from one bucket to the other using cling film. One child pours the water from a higher point in the cling film, which is held by the other kids in a way so that it forms a groove.

    Tip: Put older children to the front.

  2. Fire Brigade Puzzle

    Paint a large fire brigade motif on a large plywood board. This design should be as colorful as possible. Next cut the board into pieces so you get the puzzle. The team putting the puzzle back together in the shortest time possible wins.

    Fire Brigade Puzzle Variation: Get some images from the internet and print them out. Every team is allowed to rip their image into 10 – 20 pieces. (Pre-determine the number of pieces beforehand). Next shuffle the pieces well. Now the teams exchange their pictures. The winner is, who first solved the “puzzle” of the other team.

  3. Pants relay

    If there is a fire at night, every “fiery” must be dressed quickly and jolt into action. This game promotes camaraderie as it is common for the fire brigade.

    For this game, you will need a pair of big trousers. Ideally, you could use old cargo pants. Always two players must stick each one leg into those trousers. Next they have to run as quickly as possible through the trail. Then the next pair gets a go. The team whose players are all through first wins.

  4. Target Shooting

    Using a D-hose or any ordinary garden hose, the kids have to try to capsize as many as possible items. Suitable are items such as water bottles, which are only filled with a little water, cans, cones. The items are at a different distance and every item has a pre-determined score.

    Variation: place buckets in various distances. In the end, you measure how much water is in the buckets. The amount in the far off buckets can double or even triple in the score.

  5. Emergency drive

    Half of the team players are unit leaders, the others are machinists or drivers. Now, a driver and a machinist go together pushing a wheelbarrow as quickly as possible through the course. The machinist has to push the wheelbarrow blindfolded. The unit leader sits in the wheelbarrow and gives the machinist directions. Then the next unit leader-machinist team gets a go. The objective is, which team gets fastest through the course. If the unit leader touches the ground, the team receives a minus point.

    It is recommended to wear helmets and knee pads.

  6. Blocked hose

    Each team receives a golf- or ping pong ball and has to push this through a C-hose.

    Tip: If this game is played several times with the same hose, you should “prepare” the hose beforehand, by going through the exercise a few times. Otherwise, the following teams will have an advantage.

  7. Deer accident

    Mark an approximately 4m wide road. This can be done with traffic cones or chalk. One child is a car and is standing on the street. The other kids are deer trying to run across the street.

    The “car” tries to catch them. All captive deer are now cars. The team, managing the most crossings wins.

  8. Sponge transport

    Glue or screw a sponge on an old fire helmet. Then immerse it in a bowl of water. The child who puts on the helmet has to follow a trail with hurdles, where, for example, you have to duck. On the other end of the trail is a board with an attached rain gutter. If you push the sponge against the board, the water flows through the drain into a bucket. You are not allowed to use your hands. Alternatively, you can take your helmet off and express the water from the sponge into the bucket.

    Variation: Print images from the internet. Every team tears its picture into 10-20 pieces and mixes them. (The number of pieces must be pre-determined). Now the team change their ages. The objective is to solve the puzzle as quickly as possible.

  9. Firemen Pantomime

    One child is separated from the group. In the vehicle hall, he is shown an object. When he returns to the other children, he must gesture the activities which are carried out with this particular object is. The other players have to guess what this object is called. Alternatively, this game could be played with pre-prepared cards with the objects/activities written on it.

  10. Slow on the uptake

    This popular game can be played with firefighter objects. Each kid gets a card stuck on his forehead, naming one fighter fighting object. Now, the child has to ask only yes/no answers to guess the object on its forehead. It can keep going until he receives a “no”.

  11. Feeling the right Equipment

    Prepare several boxes with objects hidden in it. Close it and make two holes for the hands on the sides of the box. For each correctly guessed device the team receives one point.

  12. Firemen cake

    Bake a high biscuit base and cut it in half. Again cut one piece in half. Take one-quarter, put jam on it and stick it on the first half, so it looks likes the driver’s cabin. Then decorate this base with red and white fondant and stick a ladder made of cardboard on top. You firemen cake is finished.

The ideas were collected by Kerstin M. and tested in her Youth fire brigade.

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