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Shropshire provides fire safety tips to children during Child Safety Week

Published on 8 July 2014
The Child Accident Prevention Trust praised fire and rescue services for supporting Child Safety Week which made a real difference to protect children

Emergency services link with volunteers to educate year 6 pupils with real life scenarios to teach them about personal safety

Children are learning about fire safety with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service during Child Safety Week.

Fire crews from across the county are educating youngsters about the dangers from fire at a series of events.

They include playgroup visits to Bridgnorth fire station, Whitchurch firefighters at a supermarket, the brigade's Outreach education vehicle at a party in a park at Albrighton, and a visit to a nursery in Shrewsbury. Firefighters will also be at Admaston House community centre on June 28 with a fire engine to talk to families about fire safety.

Oswestry firefighters will attend school assemblies at Whittington, Weston Rhyn and Gobowen and will be in Oswestry Town Centre on June 28 and at Oswestry Fun House on June 25.

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority member Terry Kiernan joined members of the fire and rescue service's community fire safety team at the annual Crucial Crew event held at Oldbury Wells school this year.

Emergency services link with volunteers to educate year 6 pupils with real life scenarios to teach them about personal safety, how to react in dangerous situations, crime prevention, foster good citizenship and to know what to do in an emergency.

Action packed displays are put on for the youngsters at the event which started with a series of day long exercises.

"Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been attending Crucial Crew for the past 22 years. It is a wonderful event and vitally important when schoolchildren learn potentially lifesaving information. They have fun and learn about how to stay safe, " said Mr Kiernan.

Crucial Crew will be at Buildwas and Nesscliffe over the Summer.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust praised fire and rescue services for supporting Child Safety Week which made a real difference to protect children.

"Preventing deaths and serious injury from accidents lies at the heart of Child Safety Week. Families can take simple steps to protect themselves from the devastation caused by fire by testing smoke alarms, putting matches and candles out of reach and keeping escape routes clear all take a few moments," said Katrina Philips, head of the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

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