Emergency services teach Eastbourne schools survival skills

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Safety in Action SUS-150929-170346001

Children from Eastbourne primary schools will learn how to cope with life-threatening situations in special classes next week.

More than 860 schoolchildren from Eastbourne will take part in the classes at the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre between October 5 and 9.

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Safety in Action 2014 SUS-150929-170412001

The project, which is run with support from emergency services aims to teach children aged 10 and 11 how to deal with and to avoid life-threatening situations.

The children learn by staging risky situations such as finding a fire, helping a casualty or dropping a rucksack on a railway line.

The event is co-ordinated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and sees several emergency agencies working together to deliver each scenario.

They include; Sussex Police who will be giving a class on road safety and personal safety, South East Coast Ambulance who will teach the children how to help a casualty and the fire service who are giving tips about in-car distractions and how to report a fire.

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Safety in Action in 2014 SUS-150929-170400001

Nurses from the NHS will also attend to give tips about alcohol safety.

The emergency services will be joined by Southern Railway who are running a class on railway line safety and UK Power Networks who give a lesson on the dangers of power lines.

This year also sees Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards and staff from the Sovereign Centre giving lessons on what to do when accidents happen near water.

Alex Sweetman from Eastbourne Leisure Trust said, “The Sovereign Centre is proud to be involved with this event and working with all the other organisations. It’s a great opportunity for us to get the important message of water safety out to so many school children in the town.”

Each child will be presented with a workbook to take back to school in order to reinforce the safety messages learnt.

Funding for this event has been awarded by the Safer Wealden Partnership and ESCC Public Health as well as Eastbourne Lions club – who are sponsoring a prize for the school, which performs best in the classes.

David Kemp, Head of Community Safety at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “Safety in Action provides a safe environment for children to learn how to avoid dangerous situations and we are delighted to be working with local agencies and Eastbourne Leisure to deliver the event in Eastbourne.”

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