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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Pupils are to enjoy an exciting educational experience

18/06/2015

Classroom
Education session

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

"Engaging with the pupils and teaching them about fire safety, in a way that is both educational and entertaining. As a Service we strongly believe that by talking to children at a young age, we can convey our safety messages and help them to understand the consequences of taking part in anti-social behaviour such as deliberate fire-setting so that they will steer clear of that type of activity as they get older."

Jess Patten - Community Safety Officer

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be teaming up with Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council to host the popular 'Safety Town' programme on June 22, 23 and 26.

West Midlands Ambulance Service and the RNLI will also be supporting the scheme.

Around 350 pupils, aged nine and 10, from eight primary schools across the area will attend the sessions at Uttoxeter Community Fire Station on Cheadle Road.

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.

Uttoxeter Community Safety Officer Jess Patten said: "We are really looking forward to engaging with the pupils and teaching them about fire safety, in a way that is both educational and entertaining. As a Service we strongly believe that by talking to children at a young age, we can convey our safety messages and help them to understand the consequences of taking part in anti-social behaviour such as deliberate fire-setting so that they will steer clear of that type of activity as they get older. The number of deliberately set grass and bin fires has seen a significant reduction in recent years and this is due, in no small part, to activities like this."

Inspector Rob Neeson, from East Staffordshire 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 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."