‘Safety Town’ returns to Tamworth to keep children safe

Thursday, 28th April 2016

HUNDREDS of Tamworth pupils will learn about the perils of playing with fire and the consequences of crime as part of a joint initiative.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will team up with Staffordshire Police, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, DHL Road Safety Team, Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, Tamworth Borough Council Street Wardens, TAME First Responders and INTO Bike Bus to host the Safety Town event from April 25 – April 29.

More than 750 Year 5 children, aged nine and ten, from across the district will attend the sessions at Tamworth Community Fire Station.

Firefighters and volunteers will tell children about the importance of having smoke alarms. They will also highlight the dangers of deliberately starting blazes as well as giving advice on how to plan an escape route should a fire break out in their home.

Community Safety Officer Chris Jenkins said: “Safety Town is a great example of agencies working well together. The initiative has proved extremely successful in previous years and the children gained a real insight into a range of issues including fire, road safety and crime. The aim of the scheme is to provide a fun and interactive education experience, allowing pupils to take away key knowledge that they can share with family and friends.

“Educating children at such a young age means that they understand the consequences early on and will be less likely to take risks when they are much older.”

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills