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CRUCIAL LESSON
Young people in Knowsley have been given important safety advice at a recent event involving our Service.
The Knowsley “Crucial Crew” pilot event was staged at Alamein Barracks in Huyton and involved 16 Knowsley primary schools.
Other organisations at the event included Merseyside Police, Knowsley Housing Trust, British Transport Police, Merseytravel, Knowsley Council’s Road Safety Team and 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Schools 4 Health Team).
Sarah Bell, district prevention manager for Knowsley, said:
“Pupils were presented with a number of dangerous or challenging situations such as road hazards or house fires and took part in role-play exercises to learn how to deal with the situation. This involved information including the importance of
smoke alarms to alert people to fire, planning an escape route and making sure everyone in your home knows how to escape if a fire were to occur.
“The ‘hands-on’ safety event teaches young people about important issues including anti-social behaviour, personal safety and hate crime.”
Pupils were given the unique opportunity to learn valuable skills from the professionals, through practical demonstrations and discussions in real-life situations - all within a safe environment.
The workshop events, which were co-ordinated by Child Safety Media and sponsored by Merseyside Police, were staged on March 27 and March 23 at Alamein Barracks.
Former Fire Control staff Tamia Holliday (left) and Linda Swift (right) in the new Fire Control room. Photo: Lyndsay Young.
Former fire control staff Tamia Holliday, 85, and Linda Swift, 67, paid a visit to the new Joint Control Centre (JCC).
Tamia, who was based in Birkenhead and left more than two decades ago, was with the Service for around 25 years. She visited the JCC and the Heritage and Education Centre, where she was also shown photos of the brigade her firefighter father was in.
She said: “The Fire Control room seems very nice and the museum is very good. It has been really nice to see people.”
Linda served for more than 30 years and left the Service in 1999.
She said: “I was very impressed with the Heritage Centre. It’s great how it has developed and also how the Fire Service has developed.
“I have very happy memories of working in the control room. The new Fire Control room is nice and clean and neat. The systems are also a lot quieter.
“I would like to thank everyone for their hospitality. It has been really good.”
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Photos supplied by Child Safety Media.
Gemma Blenkinsop, from the Knowsley prevention team on the right, and Crew Manager Helen Pedersen, who is currently working with the Wirral prevention team, on the left, highlight important safety messages to children at the Knowsley Crucial Crew event.
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