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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

High profile campaign to combat anti-social behaviour

07/07/2013

Hundreds of children in Staffordshire will learn about the perils of playing with fire and the consequences of crime as part of a high profile campaign.

“This course is a real eye-opener for the children and aims to equip them with vital life skills that will help keep them safe as they grow up. They will learn that making hoax calls and deliberately starting fires impacts on our frontline resources, potentially putting innocent lives in danger.”

Prevent Manager for the East Rebecca Gill

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will lead the week-long ‘Safety Town’ event which starts on Monday, June 10.

Staffordshire Police, British Transport Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and Royal National Lifeboat Institution will support the initiative.

More than 500 children from 14 schools across Tamworth and Lichfield will take part in a series of workshops at Tamworth fire station.

Firefighters will tell the youngsters about the importance of having a fire alarm fitted in their home and how to test that the equipment is in good working order.

They will also highlight the dangers of deliberately starting blazes as well as giving advice on how to plan an escape route should a fire break out at home.

Prevent Manager for the East Rebecca Gill said: “This course is a real eye-opener for the children and aims to equip them with vital life skills that will help keep them safe as they grow up. They will learn that making hoax calls and deliberately starting fires impacts on our frontline resources, potentially putting innocent lives in danger.

“By talking to children at a young age and making them aware of the wider consequences that this type of action can have makes a big difference to how they will behave in the future.

“The event has always been a huge success and we have received really positive feedback from children and teachers that have benefited from the scheme in the past.”

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check call 0800 0241 999 or book online at www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp

For all other non-emergency enquires call 08451 22 11 55 or log onto www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency call 999.