Crucial Crew safety training success

09 March 2018

Hundreds of Norfolk school children from across Breckland have been learning vital safety skills thanks to the Crucial Crew Project run by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service.

More than 700 year six pupils, aged 10 and 11, from 31 schools in the area attended a two hour session during the week.  It provided safety tips on topics from fire safety, first aid and water safety, through to healthy relationships, internet safety, drugs and alcohol awareness and how to make an emergency kit.  The event was supported by a range of partners including Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk County Council, HM Coastguard, Norfolk Resilience Forum, St John Ambulance and the Matthew Project.

Two sessions were held every day from Monday to Thursday at Letton Hall Christian Conference Centre, so that 716 children could take part.  Volunteers from several local rotary clubs helped to staff the event.

Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Councillor John Ward, visited the event to see first hand the work being done by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service and its partners.  He said:  “Crucial Crew provides an opportunity for local children to learn about a whole host of different issues and how to stay safe and deal with an emergency situation.

“It is open to every year six child in Norfolk and has huge proven benefits, with reports back that previous attendees have put their new skills to effective use in emergency and other situations.  It was great to see the messages being put across in such a fun and engaging way and I congratulate Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service on such a fantastic project, which is offered for free.”

There will be six more Crucial Crews in Norfolk this year, one for each district council area.

The dates and venues for this year's remaining Crucial Crews are:

  • King’s Lynn, KL Fire Station North – Monday 23 to Friday 27 April
  • Broadland, The Space, Norwich – Monday 21 to Friday 25 May
  • South Norfolk, Easton College – Monday 2 to Friday 6 July
  • Norwich, Royal Norfolk Showground – Monday 17 to Friday 21 September
  • North Norfolk, Gresham’s Prep School, Holt – Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 October
  • Great Yarmouth, Haven Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth – Monday 12 to Friday 16 November

Schools taking part in this Crucial Crew were:

Bawdeswell Primary School
Ashill Primary School
Old Buckenham Primary School
Rocklands Community Primary School
Mundford Primary Academy
St. Mary’s Community Primary School
Beeston Primary School
Thetford Grammar School
Mattishall Primary School
Focus School Swaffham Campus
Nar Valley Federation Schools ( Narborough, Castle Acre, and Sporle Schools)
East Harling Primary School
Thompson Primary School
Hockering Primary Academy
Necton Primary School
Attleborough Primary School
Norwich Road Academy
The Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy
North Elmham Primary School
Great Dunham Primary School
Swaffham Junior School
Fred Nicholson School
Scarning Primary School
Great Ellingham Primary School
Federation of Weasenham and Rudham Primary Academies
Weeting Primary School
St. Peter and St. Paul Carbrooke Primary Academy
The Earthsea Short Stay School

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