Safety challenge for Peterborough pupils

Jayne Ross and Abi Hitji from Cambridgeshire Fire Safety with pupils from Thorpe Primary School on a safety course at Dogsthorpe Fire Station EMN-150906-152101009
Jayne Ross and Abi Hitji from Cambridgeshire Fire Safety with pupils from Thorpe Primary School on a safety course at Dogsthorpe Fire Station EMN-150906-152101009

MORE than 1,000 Peterborough schoolchildren are taking on the Safety Challenge at Dogsthorpe Fire Station.

Year 6 pupils from schools across Peterborough are participating in a series of workshops at the Safety Challenge, which is running for the first week of June and July, covering key messages about water, fire and road safety, anti-social behaviour and staying safe online.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council, which together make up the SaferPeterborough Partnership, set up ‘zones’ that groups of children visit to learn about a specific area of safety.

Clair George, from the SaferPeterborough partnership, said: “Safety Challenge delivers key messages and important information which all children and young people need to be aware of. We are protecting and educating our young people and aside from it being a memorable and fun experience there are some powerful life lessons to take away from the different workshops.”

With fire service staff pupils learned about home fire safety and how to call 999 in the event of a fire, as well as learning about the dangers of Cambridgeshire’s open waterways.

Station Commander Gavin Hammond, Peterborough’s Community Risk Manager at CFRS, added: “Multi-agency events like Safety Challenge are a great opportunity to give children a number of different safety messages in one go. The children have been very receptive to the activities and everyone involved has worked hard to make sure it is as interactive and fun as possible.”

The pupils who take part in Safety Challenge also receive literature and resources to take home to discuss what they have learnt with their parents/carers.