Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Youngsters Get To Grips With Fire Safety

Fire safety, road hazards and personal safety are all on the curriculum this week for hundreds of Cambridgeshire schoolchildren as they descend on St Neots Fire Station for the Safety Zone.

The multi-agency interactive workshop welcomed Year 5 and 6 pupils from 17 local schools every day throughout the week (Monday, May 20, to Friday, May 24) to understand how to stay safe.

Different agencies, including Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), the police, Road Safety and local councils, set up 'zones' which small groups of children visit to learn about a specific area of safety.

There are also freebies and safety information for children to take home from all of the agencies taking part to reinforce their messages.

Rob Cowling, Watch Commander at St Neots Fire Station, said: "In previous years this week long event has been a huge success and the Year 5's who come have a great time as well as learning important safety messages.

"The Safety Zone is a great opportunity to give kids a number of different safety messages in one go and everyone involved works hard to make sure it is as interactive and fun as possible. We're delighted to be able to run the event again this year and hopefully it will have been equally successful."

In the fire zone, children learned how to contact the fire service in an emergency, how to escape safely from their home and what actions to take.

Other agencies taking part include:
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • British Transport Police
  • Network Rail
  • Environmental Health
  • Road Safety
  • Trading Standards
  • East of England Ambulance Service