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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Exciting educational experience for pupils

05/06/2015

Tamworth Community Fire Station

Hundreds of Tamworth school children will be taking part in an exciting educational experience during a joint initiative next week.

"Safety Town is proving to be an excellent educational tool as the children are able to learn while having fun at the same time. The sessions are hands-on for the pupils and the fact that they are interactive makes them much more memorable so that our vital safety messages have a long-lasting impact."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be teaming up with Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council to host the popular Safety Town programme from June 8-12.

Tamworth Borough Council, West Midlands Ambulance Service, RNLI and Argos’ Road Safety Team will also be supporting the scheme.

Around 900 pupils, aged nine and 10, from primary schools across the borough will attend the sessions at Tamworth Community Fire Station.

Firefighters, Community Safety Officers and volunteers will tell children about the importance of having smoke alarms, and demonstrate how smoke travels through a house using a special 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.

Tamworth Community Safety Officer Tom Osborne said: "Safety Town is proving to be an excellent educational tool as the children are able to learn while having fun at the same time. The sessions are hands-on for the pupils and the fact that they are interactive makes them much more memorable so that our vital safety messages have a long-lasting impact.

"We strongly believe that by educating young people on issues such as deliberate fire setting and anti-social behaviour, we can prevent them from carrying out this type of activity when they are older."

Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, Commander of Tamworth Local Policing Team, added: "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 Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children and Community Safety, said: "Keeping our communities and young people safe is one of our top priorities and activities like this help us do that. This event is always a real hit with the young people and working with our partners gives us the chance to talk to them and give them practical advice and tips on keeping themselves and others safe."