Norwich children set to join Crucial Crew

13 September 2018

Children from across Norwich are set to learn valuable safety skills as they head to Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service’s latest Crucial Crew event this month.

More than 1,200 youngsters aged 10-11 from 22 local schools will attend one of the two hour workshops running at The Royal Norfolk Showground, from Monday 17 to Friday 21 September.

Crucial Crew is a multi-agency project which has been running in Norfolk for 15 years. More than 60,000 children have now taken part and the project helps children to stay safe at home, in the community and online.

As well as learning about fire safety in real-life scenarios, children also take part in short bitesize workshops. This year’s topics also include household emergencies, online safety, gas safety, seaside safety, smoking awareness, healthy relationships and first aid.

This crucial crew is supported by partners including The Matthew Project, Norfolk Resilience Forum, Norfolk Constabulary, St John Ambulance, Norfolk County Council's Youth Offending Teams, UK Power Networks, Cadent Gas and HM Coastguard.  It is also supported by local rotary clubs and Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service's team of community volunteers.

Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said:  "Crucial Crew continues to be beneficial to young people across Norfolk, with the skills learned put into practice in real-life situations.  The project underlines our fire service's commitment to educating the public and keeping our county as safe as possible.”

Crucial Crew launched in Norfolk in 2003 and is now offered to year six pupils in all seven districts each year. 

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