Norfolk pupils given crucial advice as they learn how to stay safe

George White Junior School children learn what is needed in an Emergency Kit box from Alison Sayer,

George White Junior School children learn what is needed in an Emergency Kit box from Alison Sayer, right, resilience officer at Norfolk County Coucil, during the Crucial Crew event at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Fire safety in the home, first aid and the dangers associated with smoking are among the subjects on the timetable for hundreds of Norwich school children this week.

George White Junior School children learn the recovery position from the St John Ambulance during th

George White Junior School children learn the recovery position from the St John Ambulance during the Crucial Crew event at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

More than 1,000 young people will be learning important safety advice at the Crucial Crew event which started yesterday and is at the Norfolk Showground until Friday. Organised by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, it teaches young people how to stay safe via interactive scenarios which each have an important message.

Kristie Burdett, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service co-ordinator and community safety team manager, said: 'The aim of Crucial Crew is to provide a fun and interactive event for children so they take on board important safety messages and ideally take them home to inform family members, friends and other members of their community. Students are faced with many choices and any activity and learning with easy to remember messages all adds to their essential life skills.'

The organisations involved and the topics they are teaching include: Norfolk Constabulary (personal safety); UK Power Networks (electrical safety); HM Coastguard (seaside safety); St John Ambulance (recovery position); Norfolk Prepared Team and Norfolk Resilience Forum (being prepared for an emergency such as flooding); National Grid (gas safety); Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (fire safety in the home); Jigsaw Project (internet safety); The Matthew Project (the dangers of smoking); and Youth Offending Team (anti-social behaviour).

Schools include: Lionwood Junior, George White Junior, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary, Colman Junior, Mile Cross Community Primary, Notre Dame Preparatory, West Earlham Junior, Magdalen Gates Primary, Bignold Primary, Avenue Junior, Bluebell Primary, Lakenham Primary, Edith Cavell Academy and Nursery, Heartsease Primary Academy, Wensum Junior Academy, Norwich School, Catton Grove Primary, Valley Primary, Henderson Green Primary, St Michael's VA Junior, Angel Road Junior and Eaton Primary.


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