Advice day to help children to stay safe in Eastbourne

Pictured are pupils from Tollgate School, staff and volunteers on one of the event days.
Pictured are pupils from Tollgate School, staff and volunteers on one of the event days.

Some 500 schoolchildren from across Eastbourne have been given valuable safety advice thanks to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and partner agencies.

ESFRS teamed up with Sussex Police, National Health Service, UK Power, East Sussex County Council, Southern Railway, Sussex Downs College and Sustrans for what organisers called a “unique experience”, held at the Devonshire Park.

The aim was to provide active learning for young people to raise their awareness of the dangers that they might encounter and experience, as well as providing them with valuable information to help them stay safe.

Experts were on-hand to simulate real-life situations enabling children to participate and to make their own decisions.

The youngsters, all Year 6 pupils from primary schools in Eastbourne, were then shown how to understand, anticipate and avoid hazards and what to do in an emergency.

Scenarios ranged from the dangers of being approached by a stranger to road safety, first aid and fire awareness.

All participating children were issued with an interactive Safety In Action Booklet after completing the scenarios.

Participating schools included Parkland Junior School, Tollgate, Heron Park, Bourne County Primary, Langney, The Haven, Oakwood, St John’s Meads and St Thomas a Becket Junior School.

Chris Guy, community safety advisor for ESFRS, said, “This is the fourth year we have held this unique event.

“It gives Year 6 pupils the opportunity to experience various real life scenarios and shows them how to deal with them.

“The aim is to keep them safe and to prepare them for independence and to take responsibility for themselves.”

Louisa Coulson, the Sussex Police schools liaison officer, said, “This is a great way for emergency services and partner agencies to get safety messages across to children in real situations.

“The events are designed to be really interactive so that the pupils get the maximum benefit from them.”

Schools have welcomed the events.