Thousands of children to learn vital safety tips at King’s Lynn event

Crucial Crew will be hosting an event in King's Lynn. Pictured is ambulance first aider Chris Hart t

Crucial Crew will be hosting an event in King's Lynn. Pictured is ambulance first aider Chris Hart teaching the recovery position at a workshop at The Space, Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Thousands of children will learn valuable fire safety skills at an interactive workshop led by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

The Crucial Crew project has been running in Norfolk for 15 years, teaching children how to stay safe at home, in the community and online.

The latest event will take place at the King's Lynn North Fire Station from April 23 to 27.

As well as learning about fire safety in real-life scenarios, this year's topics include warnings about fire safety, household emergencies, online safety, seaside safety, healthy relationships, alcohol and drug awareness, road safety and first aid.

The two hour session will be attended by youngsters aged 10-11 from 48 schools in the area, where they will take part in short bitesize workshops designed to be fun and interactive.

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Chairman of Norfolk County Council's communities committee, councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said: 'Crucial Crew offers valuable life skills to our young people in a fun and interactive way and has been a huge success.

'Sessions are free and would not happen without the support of all the agencies involved, led by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service.

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'Volunteers from local rotary clubs, in this case King's Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market, ensure the events run smoothly and also provide vital sponsorship.'

Since it began in 2003, Crucial Crew sessions have been attended by nearly 58,000 children across the seven Norfolk district council areas. Last year more than 6,000 year six children took part.

The King's Lynn event is supported by partners including National Grid, UK Power Networks, The Matthew Project, Norfolk County Council's Youth Offending Team, Norfolk Resilience Forum, Norfolk Constabulary, St John Ambulance and HM Coastguard. Rotary clubs in the area are supporting the event by providing volunteers.

Other workshops taking place across the county include The Space in Norwich from May 21 to 25, Easton College from July 2 to 6 and the Royal Norfolk Showground from September 17 to 21.

North Norfolk pupils will be able to take part at Gresham's Prep School in Holt between October 15 and 17, while Crucial Crew will come to Great Yarmouth's Haven Holiday Park between November 12 and 16.

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