5 Oct 12

Safety First for Youngsters

AROUND 1,300 schoolchildren will learn vital personal safety lessons when they attend Hartlepool’s 17th annual Crucial Crew event.

Year Six pupils from every primary school in the town will attend the event at the Training Centre at Hartlepool Power Station from October 8-18.

Crucial Crew is a multi-agency initiative supported by Hartlepool Council, Northern Power Grid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Hartlepool Primary Care Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cleveland Police, HM Coastguard, Elaine Saint Partnerships and Network Rail.

It aims to provide an enjoyable way of teaching children to become more aware of personal safety issues, show them how to react to dangerous situations and give them with an opportunity to practice safety skills in an exciting, stimulating and safe environment.

It is centred on a series of scenarios that re-create dangerous situations that youngsters could encounter in their lives.

Issues covered include fire safety, kitchen safety, road/personal safety, safety at the coast, electrical safety, railway safety, building site safety and firework safety.

Paul Watson, Hartlepool Council’s Road Safety Officer, said: “Crucial Crew has a proven track record of preparing local children for life out in the wider world and some of the dangers they will inevitably encounter.”

Simon Parsons, Station Director at Hartlepool Power Station, said: “I am delighted we are hosting such an excellent event. This will be first time I will have personally seen Crucial Crew but I have heard a lot about it from the people on site".

“This event mirrors our own proactive safety culture within the power station and within EDF Energy. I hope that the children who come to the training centre enjoy Crucial Crew and also pick up a better awareness and vital safety skills that they can use in their everyday life".