Kids at King’s Lynn Fire Station learn all about safety

At King's Lynn Fire Station are retained firefighter John Neal with Artur Karsiov. Picture: Ian Burt At King's Lynn Fire Station are retained firefighter John Neal with Artur Karsiov. Picture: Ian Burt

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:05 PM

Nearly 1,000 youngsters have joined Norfolk’s Crucial Crew for its 10th annual week of giving vital lessons for life.

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The event, organised by the fire and rescue service, puts young people through short, sharp safety sessions.

Community fire safety team manager, Doug Underwood, who has co-ordinated the event said: “The sessions are short but focussed, with quick hit messages so the children don’t get bored. We teach them things like how to deal with electric shocks and how to isolate the gas supply in an event of a leak.

“This is a good example of the “Big Society” coming together to protect Norfolk young people to give them a safer future.”

Agencies that have come to he station include Norfolk Constabulary, HM Coastguard and UK Power Networks to deal with the potential dangers of electricity.

The year six children were separated into groups and then had 10 minutes with each of the nine agencies that provide interactive scenarios.

The sessions feature theatre-style mock-up hazards in a safe environment which children might be exposed in everyday life.

The experiences seek, within a controlled environment, to raise awareness and provide practical and memorable advice on what to do.

Teacher Sam Blayney from Eastgate Primary School said that her pupils enjoyed the visit to the station.

She said: “It has been a really useful experience, it’s a unique way of getting information without lecturing them. It’s a good idea to get all the agencies together.

“The children have really enjoyed it, especially the hands-on sessions.”

Dan Roper, Cabinet member for Public Protection at Norfolk County Council, said: “Once again a number of agencies are coming together for the benefit of local children so they can learn some invaluable messages about staying safe. Often the messages are taken home to parents and other family members so it means this important information spreads more widely across communities.”

Mr Underwood also expressed his thanks to Dow Chemicals and Church of Jesus Christ Later Day Saints for the goody bags for the children to take home with them.

He also gave thanks to the Rotary Clubs of King’s Lynn and the surrounding area for volunteer support and sponsorship.

Have you been on the crucial crew - what did it teach you? E-mail natalie.copeland@arhant.co.uk.

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