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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Campaign highlights the perils of playing with fire

09/01/2014

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.

"We strongly believe that it is vital to educate young people about the dangers – and potential consequences – of deliberately starting fires, however small, and making hoax 999 calls at an early age."

Prevention Manager for the north of the county Donna Broadhead

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

They will host a series of Stoke-on-Trent Crucial Crew events between January 27 and February 11.

Year six pupils, aged 10-11, from across the city will discuss anti-social behaviour, the dangers of deliberately starting grass and other small 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.

Prevention Manager for the north of the county Donna Broadhead said: "We strongly believe that it is vital to educate young people about the dangers – and potential consequences – of deliberately starting fires, however small, and making hoax 999 calls at an early age.

"If they understand that this type of anti-social behaviour could divert frontline firefighters away from genuine emergencies, possibly putting innocent lives at risk, they will be far less likely to engage in it in the future.

"The sessions also include information on other issues that may affect the children as they get older, including drug and alcohol addiction as well as how to protect themselves when using the internet and how to stay safe at home."