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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Crucial campaign delivers hard-hitting message

02/02/2016

School children are stepping out of the classroom and into the fire station for lessons in safety.

“The idea of the initiative is to equip children with life skills that will help keep them safe.The workshops will be a real eye opener for the children. We aim to highlight the serious consequences of deliberately starting fires or making hoax 999 calls - activities that take vital resources away from the frontline."

Prevent Manager for the north of the county Donna Broadhead

Crucial Crew is a hard-hitting campaign which highlights the perils of playing with fire and the consequences of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The multi-agency event is a partnership between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Young People’s Drug project. The initiative is funded by Safer City Partnership.

1,250 Year six pupils from 32 Stoke-on-Trent schools will be taking part in a series of interactive workshops. They will discuss topics including the dangers of deliberately starting grass fires, home safety and internet safety and will also learn about the consequences of drug and alcohol addiction.

Crucial Crew is being held at Hanley Community Fire Station, Lower Bethesda Street in Hanley from January 25 – February 9, 2016.

Prevent Manager for the north of the county Donna Broadhead said: “The idea of the initiative is to equip children with life skills that will help keep them safe.

“The workshops will be a real eye opener for the children. We aim to highlight the serious consequences of deliberately starting fires or making hoax 999 calls - activities that take vital resources away from the frontline.
“By getting our message across to children at a relatively young age we hope it will have a serious impact on how they might behave in the future.”

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Picture caption: Pictured are pupils and teachers from Gladstone Primary School, firefighters from Hanley Community Fire Station, Luan Mountford, Healthy Schools and PSHE Consultant and Joanne McGraw, Health and Changes, Young Persons Advisor.

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