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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Children learn about the perils of playing with fire and the consequences of crime

19/09/2013

Hundreds of young people will be learning about the perils of playing with fire and the consequences of crime as part of a high profile campaign.

"By talking to children at a fairly young age and making them aware of the serious impact that anti-social behaviour can have makes a big difference to how they behave in future." 

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

The multi-agency events, funded by the Safer City Partnership, sees Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Young People’s Drug Project working together.

They will host a series of Stoke-on-Trent Crucial Crew events between now and September 27

Year six pupils from across the city will discuss anti-social behaviour, the dangers of deliberately starting grass fires, home fire safety and internet safety.

They will also be taught basic lifesaving skills and will hear about the consequences of drug and alcohol addiction.

The workshops will be held at Hanley Community Fire Station, Lower Bethesda Street.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: "These workshops will be a real eye-opener for the children and aim to provide important life skills as well as highlighting the serious consequences of anti-social behaviour such as deliberately starting grass fires and making hoax 999 calls. These activities take vital frontline resources away from other potentially life threatening incidents.

"By talking to children at a fairly young age and making them aware of the serious impact that anti-social behaviour can have makes a big difference to how they behave in future."