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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety Town returns to Tamworth

03/06/2014

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Hundreds of Tamworth pupils will learn about the perils of playing with fire and the consequences of crime as part of a joint initiative.

"Safety Town was a big success last year and the children gained a real insight into a range of issues including fire and road safety, crime prevention and what could happen if they don’t follow the rules. The aim of educating children at this age is so that they understand the consequences early on and will be less likely to fall foul of the potential risks when they get older." 

Tom Osborne - Risk Reduction Coordinator at Tamworth

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will team up with Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council to host the Safety Town event from June 9 to June 13.

Tamworth Borough Council, West Midlands Ambulance Service, the England Illegal Money Lending Team and Argos’ Road Safety Team will also be supporting the initiative.

Around 900 children, aged nine-11, from 23 primary schools across the district will attend the sessions at Tamworth Community Fire Station.

Firefighters and volunteers will tell children about the importance of having smoke alarms, and demonstrate how smoke travels through a house using a new simulator.

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 in their home.

Risk Reduction Coordinator at Tamworth Tom Osborne said: "Safety Town was a big success last year and the children gained a real insight into a range of issues including fire and road safety, crime prevention and what could happen if they don’t follow the rules. The aim of educating children at this age is so that they understand the consequences early on and will be less likely to fall foul of the potential risks when they get older.

"We received some really positive feedback last year, much of which we have used to improve and add to the programme, making it even more fun filled, interactive and educational."

Chief Inspector Donna Gibbs, Commander of Tamworth Local Policing Team (LPT), said: "Local officers will be at the event every day to work with our young people. This high profile event is a great example of agencies working together to benefit the communities we serve.

"Officers will be giving an input on safety - covering personal, road and e-safety. They will also talk about 'stranger danger' and the consequences of crime. This is a significant event for young people of this age group, who will receive help and advice from all the agencies involved."

Staffordshire County Councillor Mark Sutton, Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Community Safety, added: "Keeping our communities and young people safe is one of our top priorities and activities such as Safety Town help us do that. Working closely with our partners gives us the opportunity to talk to pupils and give them practical advice and tips on keeping themselves and others safe.  The activities also help to remind young people about the consequences of their actions."