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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Road Safety Awareness for Rugeley School Children

08/05/2017

HGV with Mrs Vincent, pupil Rubie Elson, aged 7, and Community Support Officer Lydia Hooley
HGV with Mrs Vincent, pupil Rubie Elson, aged 7, and Community Support Officer Lydia Hooley

School children from Rugeley are being offered a unique opportunity to learn about road safety.

"The day was well organised, fun-filled and exciting. It allowed our children to realise the potential dangers of vehicles on our road in a visual, practical and informative way."

Jon Wynn, teacher from St Mary’s School, Colton

The educational events, which have a particular focus on staying safe around Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), are being held at Rugeley Community Fire Station for local school children aged between seven and 11.

The sessions are delivered by DHL staff to around 60 children at a time and include a practical session using a lorry, and a classroom session.

On Friday 28 April children from St Mary's C.E. Primary School in Colton attended the sessions along with their teacher Mrs Vincent.

Ben Shipley and his fellow Community Support Officers for the Service are involved in helping run the sessions.

Ben Shipley said: “These sessions are very interactive and aim to instil caution in the children so they don’t put themselves at risk around large vehicles.

“The children have chance to get up close to the vehicle and realise that drivers cannot always see them – it really helps them understand the danger.

“The sessions are a really good example of how we can work in partnership with local businesses to improve local children’s road safety awareness.”

Jon Wynn, teacher from St Mary’s School, said: “The day was well organised, fun-filled and exciting. It allowed our children to realise the potential dangers of vehicles on our road in a visual, practical and informative way.

“In our increasingly busy world Education opportunities like these are invaluable experiences for today's children.”