Pupils learn ‘crucial’ life lessons from the professionals

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School

Pictured: Fire pod ANL-160407-201602009
Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School Pictured: Fire pod ANL-160407-201602009
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Pupils scrambled through a smoke filled bedroom before being rescued by firefighters in a series of scenarios to teach them vital life lessons.

About 1,000 children from 25 schools in St Edmundsbury are learning how to deal with potentially dangerous situations during the Crucial Crew sessions at West Suffolk College.

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School

Pictured: Learning about water safety ANL-160407-201508009

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School Pictured: Learning about water safety ANL-160407-201508009

In one scenario they have to spot the fire hazards in a teenager’s bedroom, which is then filled with artificial smoke before a firefighter rescues them.

Charity The Matthew Project is talking to the children, aged 10 and 11, about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and St Edmundsbury’s environmental health team is leading a handwashing session.

Abbeycroft Leisure is looking at water safety including where it is appropriate to swim, Suffolk First Responders are teaching first aid and there is advice from Suffolk County Council’s road safety team.

They are also learning about making a 999 call, anti-social behaviour and internet safety with Suffolk Police.

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School

Pictured: Learning about health and safety. How to wash your hands properly ANL-160407-201536009

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School Pictured: Learning about health and safety. How to wash your hands properly ANL-160407-201536009

Helen Lindfield, families and communities officer for West Suffolk, said: “It’s about getting those lifelong personal safety messages in early.

“It’s done in a fun and interactive way away from school and it’s professionals delivering the message so it has more impact.”

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School

Pictured: William Coltmen learning how to make a 999 call ANL-160407-201427009

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School Pictured: William Coltmen learning how to make a 999 call ANL-160407-201427009

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School

Pictured: First Aid training ANL-160407-201414009

Crucial Crew at West Suffolk College. School photographed is Howard Middle School Pictured: First Aid training ANL-160407-201414009