Safest People, Safest Places

CDDFRS host children's safety event for tenth year in a row

Chief Fire Officer Stuart Errington and Durham's Police, Crime and Victim's Commisioner Ron Hogg formally launched the annual County Durham and Darlington Children’s Safety Carousel earlier today. Hosted by CDDFRS for the tenth year in a row, it is hoped over 3,000 school children will pass through its doors over the next five weeks.

The event, held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe, is a multi-agency workshop based event for all year six primary school pupils, designed to provide them with the life skills to keep themselves and others safe in the future

The fire service, Durham Constabulary, Northern Power Grid, the NHS, Durham County Council and the RNLI will be running fun activities covering fire, road, home and water safety, as well as cyber bullying and staying safe around electricity.

On each day six schools move through six, 30-minute workshops hosted by each agency.

Stuart Errington, Chief Fire Officer said: “The carousel has been running for more than 20 years, with CDDFRS hosting the event for the past 10 years. The events provide an interactive way of teaching young people to become aware of their personal safety and give advice about how to react responsibly in dangerous situations.

“They also inform all of those who take part about wider safety matters to help create a safer community environment. We aim to do this in a fun and friendly atmosphere, which we hope makes the sessions memorable and enjoyable.”

Mr Hogg said: “I think that these innovative Community Safety Carousels are a fantastic way of educating our children to be safer in many different situations.  The Carousels are a shining example of what partners can achieve when working together.”

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