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Children were given homework from firefighters after a visit to their school yesterday: learn what to do in an emergency and how to call 999.
That was the assignment from two of Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Education Team, Rob Groombridge and Melanie Quinn who gave fire and water safety talks at East Peckham Primary School in Church Lane.
The youngsters are spending a week of lessons learning how to be safe as part of National Neighbourhood Watch Week. They will get safety talks on a variety of hazardous situations to which they might be exposed in their everyday life. The presentations include: internet and mobile phone safety by Kent Police, East Peckham’s Community Warden and local PCSO’s will talk about personal and road safety, while KFRS’s Education Team will talk about fire and water safety.
Rob said: “Fire and water safety is something we need to be aware of all year round but, with the long summer holidays approaching, it’s important the children know they should never play with lighters or matches and about the dangers of playing in or around local rivers and streams.
“We talked to the youngsters about the rescue equipment that can be found around the river and how to call us if a person or animal needs rescuing from the water.
“The children got the chance to try out KFRS’s throw lines and they enjoyed putting the messages learned into practice such as shouting loudly to attract attention. The most important piece of advice we gave them is never go into the water to try to save someone, leave that to the emergency services.”
11-year-old Lily Bardsley, said: “I learned that if someone falls into the river, I’d call 999 and wouldn’t go in the water as it can be very dangerous.”
Year six teacher, Miss Laura Braybrook, said: “The children really benefitted from the fire service presentation, it was fantastic. They particularly enjoyed throwing the ropes and dressing up in the safety clothing that the firefighters wear to carry out water rescues.”
KFRS has five specialist water safety units in the county which carry mud/ice rescue paths, throw lines and life jackets. Crews are trained to the highest level including carrying out rescues from fast flowing water. Across the county, 29 fire engines carry additional water-safety equipment.
Mel added: “From past events we know the children go home and talk to their families and friends and share what they have learned, so crucial safety messages are spread widely, helping save lives and prevent injuries.”
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