A fire safety programme which has educated thousands of children across West Norfolk is celebrating its 20th birthday.
Crucial Crew, which is a popular fire safety and prevention initiative for Year 6 schoolchildren, aims to deliver seven events around the county this academic year reaching around 6,000 students including one each at King’s Lynn and Holt.
The service’s Protection and Prevention Team has played a key role in helping children and young people to help spread crucial safety messages over the last two decades, with their vital work earning an award nomination at the inaugural Flourish Awards later this month.
The free programme sees Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service work alongside partners including Norfolk Constabulary, NHS, Road Safety, Norfolk Prepared, RNLI, East Anglia Air Ambulance, St Johns Ambulance, HM Coast Guard, and Cadent Gas.
The children experience and participate in a range of realistic situations presented in a secure environment to raise their awareness of what they can do to increase their own and others safety. They can then share the important information they have learned with family, friends and carers, as well as the wider community.
Margaret Dewsbury, the county councillor responsible for communities and partnership, said: “Crucial Crew is vital in ensuring children in Norfolk are aware of the dangers associated with fire, as well as a range of other potentially problematic situations.
“I am delighted the great work undertaken by the Protection and Prevention Team has been recognised with Crucial Crew reaching the finals of the Flourish Awards.”
Find out more about the next sessions including those in this area by clicking here.