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Bury St Edmunds pupils escape ‘burning’ room in personal safety initiative

Crucial crew at West Suffolk College with St James Middle School

Pictured: Fire experience unit ANL-140707-163749009

Crucial crew at West Suffolk College with St James Middle School Pictured: Fire experience unit ANL-140707-163749009

Pupils escaped from a smoke-logged ‘burning’ bedroom in a dramatic fire and rescue simulation during a week of activities to promote personal safety.

Faced with various scenarios, about 1,100 children from schools across St Edmundsbury are learning vital life-lessons in the annual fortnight-long Crucial Crew initiative.

Organised and funded by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and staged at West Suffolk College, the activities are being run by the fire service, police, road safety, environmental health, East Anglian Dogs Trust and Abbeycroft Leisure.

In a ‘fire pod’, set up to look like a teenager’s bedroom, they identify fire hazards before the area is filled with smoke and a fire officer ‘rescues’ them.

Meanwhile, in a ‘calamity kitchen’ they learn about germs and handwashing and the police cadets teach the pupils how to make a 999 call.

They are also taught about anti-social behaviour, keeping safe on the internet as well as water, road and dog safety.

Helen Lindfield, families and communities officer at the council, said: “It really has a huge impact because it’s out of school, delivered by professionals and is different and interactive.”

It runs until July 18.

 

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