Aylsham

Win a visit from firefighters!

Just Regional
Apr 27, 2020 3 mins read

Children in Norfolk are being invited to enter a new competition for a chance to win a visit to their school from a fire and rescue crew later this year.

Online learning fun for children is now available on the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s website and includes top tips on staying safe at home, as well as fun activities including colouring sheets and puzzles around the theme of fire safety. And youngsters are being encouraged to design their own home safety poster using the information they find in the Kids’ Zone.

Chief Fire Officer Stuart Ruff said: “With people spending more time at home and using more electrical devices, there is the potential for an increased fire risk for the whole family. This is a risk that families can help to reduce by following safety advice together. It’s vital that the whole family is aware of home safety and what to do in an emergency.

“We’re encouraging children to look at the tips and then create posters, which they can take a photo of or scan in and send to us for a chance to win a crew visit.”

Observing social distancing rules are Lauren and Hannah, with Watch Manager Simon Golby of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, launching the children’s safety competition.

The competition runs until June 30, when CFO Ruff will choose a winner from each of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s four districts. Once the pandemic is over, crews will make contact with the four winners’ schools to arrange the visits and crews will take along a fire engine to show pupils the equipment they use in their everyday work, as well as explaining what’s involved in becoming a firefighter and talking about safety.

Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships at Norfolk County Council, said: “All these resources are designed to help families and children stay safe at home through this difficult period. It’s so important that every child knows how to spot key signs of fire danger in the home, and what to do in case of an emergency.

“We’re delighted to launch these resources online and looking forward to seeing the creative posters designed by children across Norfolk.”

These resources are being launched as part of Norfolk County Council’s Learning at Home campaign which aims to support parents with the challenge of home teaching by providing tips advice and useful resources via Facebook and Twitter. You can find out more here.

The next phase of online learning for the fire service will be the launch of an online version of their popular Crucial Crew children’s education programme into the Kids’ Zone shortly. Crucial Crew usually runs seven times a year and all Year 6 children in Norfolk are given the chance to take part. More than 60,000 children have taken part over the years.

The project is supported by many agencies and covers topics including fire, electrical, water and online safety, first aid and issues around alcohol, drugs and violence. 

CFO Ruff said: “As we are not able to run Crucial Crew at the moment, we have worked with partners to gather some great online learning resources which cover some of the topics we would usually chat through face to face.”

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