NOTTS: Kids to learn vital life-saving skills

School children from across North Nottinghamshire will be attending Ashfield Fire Station over the next two weeks as part of a child safety event.
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More than 1,100 children are set to take part in the Safety Zone project where they will take part in a number of interactive workshops to learn important safety messages such as fire and road safety and develop lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR.

Children will be attending the event – which has been organised by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in conjunction with six other agencies – with their classes and it is hoped that as well as being fun the children will take away some valuable safety knowledge.

Safety Zone is one of the biggest community safety event that NFRS runs for children and comes as part of a month long campaign to promote child safety and wellbeing.

“Throughout the month of June we are raising awareness of all things child safety and trying to give Nottinghamshire children some vital education when it comes to staying safe from fire, identifying potential hazards and what to do in an emergency,” said Station Manager Matthew Reavill, Head of the Service’s Community Safety North Team.

“The Safety Zone event is a fantastic opportunity to engage with a large number of children from schools across the north of the county and promote some really important messages.

“The children will work through a variety of workshops during the event where they will be taught things such as how to make a 999 call, the importance of smoke alarms, the dangers of fire setting and how to recognise hazards in the home as well as cyber safety and much more.”

The Safety Zone project runs from Monday 15 June ‘til Friday 26 June and is being run by NFRS’s Community Safety North Team.

One of the event’s organisers, Louise Robinson, a NFRS Risk Reduction Officer for Mansfield and Ashfield, said that in the past children that attended Safety Zone have gone on to use the skills they learnt in emergency situations.

The other agencies that will be on hand at the event offering important safety advice and running workshops are Nottinghamshire Police, the East Midlands Ambulance Service, the RNLI, St John Ambulance, Western Power Distribution and the Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership.