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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Pupils Fired Up for Road Safety

20/10/2009

Firefighters are returning to the classroom to educate children to the importance of road safety.

Officers from Leek Fire Station have been invited to Churnet View Middle School on Friday, October 23rd, to meet the 460-pupils taking part in a two-mile sponsored walk to raise money for new playground equipment.

"It is a positive step to promote road safety and healthy living in our communities."

Watch Manager at Leek, Rik Eyre

As well as instructing them on matters of road safety, crews will take the opportunity to champion Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Young at Heart, Safe at Home campaign, launched earlier this month.

Pupils will be asked to encourage their parents and grandparents to take up free smoke alarm and home safety checks being provided by the Service.

Watch Manager at Leek, Rik Eyre, said the school visit reinforces Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s strong links with the local community.

"This is a great opportunity for our staff to interact with local youngsters to cement the links we already have," he said.

"It is a positive step to promote road safety and healthy living in our communities. The firefighters will also take the opportunity to outline Young at Heart, Safe at Home and our 0800 campaign which is designed to make free smoke alarms and home safety checks available to all households."

Every pupil taking part in the sponsored walk - Parade for Play - will receive a Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service goody bag which includes pens and pencils emblazoned with the 0800 campaign message and reflective teddy bear pin-badges for them to wear after dark.