Children from Shuttleworth College, Hambledon Community College, Unity College and Sir John Thursby Community College were at the event
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has introduced a new campaign aimed at reducing fire risks around schools, anti social behaviour and encouraging young people to be responsible for fire safety.
The Fire Safety Ambassadors programme involves two students in Year 8 at secondary schools across Lancashire taking an active role in identifying potential risks, particularly those associated with fire, in school and its immediate local surroundings and reporting them to the appropriate adults from school and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.
The Service feels that this programme will assist schools and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to work even closer together and give the School Fire Safety Ambassadors a chance to gain a greater sense of responsibility for the safety of their school. It will also allow them to become more actively involved in positive community action and contribute towards creating a safer local community.
The launch of programme took place in Burnley where pupils from four schools in the town attended the fire station. They met with firefighters to discuss recent inspections that they carried out in their schools and they also received a tour of the station. The intention is that they will carry out this process and meet as a group at least three times a year.
Paul Slee, Prevention Support Officer and brainchild of the programme says:
“The programme began this year and we are delighted that we have been able to work with a number of schools across the county already. We are hoping that as time goes on, and other teachers hear about the success of the programme, the number of schools taking part will increase.”
“The meeting that took place in Burnley showed the commitment and enthusiasm of the pupils who shared their ideas and good practice of fire safety issues in their school. It was good to see how involved they were and how well they were supported by their teachers.”
Watch Manager Neil Ashworth at Burnley Fire Station said of the event:
“The programme is a fantastic idea. We are always looking at ways to engage more with the local community and this programme gives us another option. It was great to have the children at the station and to hear them discuss fire safety issues at their school. I’d also like to pay tribute to Firefighter Lee Pickup who hosted the event and ensured that the children had an enjoyable afternoon at the fire station.”
For more information about the programme, please contact Paul Slee on 01772 866947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org