Hundreds of schoolchildren to learn vital safety lessons as Crucial Crew returns to Breckland

Hundreds of schoolchildren to learn vital safety lessons as Crucial Crew returns to Breckland

Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Breckland are to receive vital safety messages when Crucial Crew returns.  Crucial Crew Logo

Co-ordinated by Norfolk County Council's fire and rescue service the week-long event, which uses ten-minute interactive sessions to teach crucial safety tips, takes place at Letton Hall Christian Conference Centre, Shipdham, next week (11-15 March).

The event features theatre-style, interactive scenarios recreating hazardous situations to which children may be exposed in their everyday life.

Year 6 pupils (10/11 year olds) are placed in situations which simulate potential danger, such as a bedroom fire or bullying. The experiences seek, within a controlled environment, to raise awareness and provide practical and memorable advice on what to do.

There are 30 schools attending this event and the agencies and scenario’s are as follows:

Agencies and Scenarios

1. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service – Fire safety in the home
2. St John Ambulance – First Aid
3. The Magdalen Group – Jigsaw Project - Internet Safety
4. PACT (Prtnership Against Crime taskforce) Safety in the sreet and when travelling
5. Norfolk County Council Public protection team – Household Emergency Planning
6. Norfolk Constabulary – Personal Safety
7. Trading Standards - Shopping Safety
8. U.K. Power Networks – Electrical Safety
9. The Matthew Project – Alcohol/Smoking Awareness
10. Forestry Commission – Forestry Safety

Nigel Dixon, Cabinet Member for Fire and Community Protection, said: "Crucial Crew continues to go from strength to strength. Following this event more than 31,000 young people will have attended Crucial Crew since it started in Norfolk. You cannot underestimate how effective the hands-on, interactive approach is at engaging youngsters. Public safety remains a top priority and Crucial Crew is an excellent way of teaching young people how to stay safe.

"We know those who have been to past events go home and talk to their families and friends and share what they have learned. As a result important safety messages are spread widely, helping save lives and prevent injuries."

Doug Underwood, Community Fire Safety Team Manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "I have no doubts about the important role that Crucial Crew plays in a young person’s life. When you read the letters from the young people who attend you cannot help being moved by their comments. In the case of some young people this is the best outing for them in the whole year.

"Without exception, every one of those attending enjoys it and all learn from their experience and we know we are helping youngsters make life saving decisions. My thanks go to venue sponsors Letton Hall Trust."

This is the 37th Crucial Crew to be held in Norfolk and the fourth such event in the Breckland area.

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