School children taught to stay alive

Ramsey fire station played host to just over 200 primary school children this week to teach them how to stay safe at home and outdoors.

Six local primaries visited the station for the Schools Safety Zone Challenge, from October 11 to October 13, where representatives from various organisations set up different learning zones where pupils were taught about water safety, smoke alarms & evacuation, road safety, cyber bulling, first aid, animal husbandry, and level crossing safety.

Delivering the safety messages to the Year Five pupils, aged nine to ten, were representatives from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Road Safety, Trading Standards, Network Rail, British Transport Police, Wood Green The Animals Charity and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

One of the exercises involved filling a room with cosmetic smoke and teaching pupils how to evacuate safely, including calling someone who had been set up as a 999 operator in the room next door.

The event was organised by Community Safety Officer for Huntingdonshire, Jill Gibbs, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, and PCSO’s Vicki Docking and Jill Tiernan from Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Station Commander David Lynch, who is responsible for children and young people, said: “We were delighted to host the event again and hope children had fun and will now stay safer because of it.”

Organisers thanked Tesco for providing refreshments for the week.