Fire station fun day for local school

Pupils from a school in Hemlington will be visiting their local fire station to take part in fun activities to teach them about the Fire Brigade.

The fun day will take place on Wednesday 16 March between 10am and 1pm at Coulby Newham Fire Station, where 30 children from Hemlington Hall Primary School will spend the mornings with a fire crew and volunteers from the Cleveland Fire Support Network.

The children, who are 9-10 years old, will be split into groups to take part in activities such as search and rescue, dam building, plank walking and crate climbing. They will also learn emergency life saving skills including Heartstart training and watch a chip pan demonstration.

Erimus Housing has worked with the Brigade and the Cleveland Fire Support Network to develop these days and they have also kindly helped to fund the project. The Network is a charitable organisation which supports Cleveland Fire Brigade and helps reduce fires and supports victims of fire.

Andy Witham, Coulby Newham Station Manager said: “There some areas in Hemlington which have been identified as having issues with anti-social behaviour including arson. By engaging with local school children we can teach them about fire safety and about the consequences of anti-social behaviour and the impact it has on the community. Through events like this one we hope to help improve the safety of our communities.”

Heather Whyman, Chief Executive Officer for Cleveland Fire Support Network, said: “We work closely with local partners to help improve our communities and what better way than injecting some of the funding that Erimus Housing has kindly donated to our charity into the education of our local children. Not only do we hope to deliver a fun filled day, but help build a relationship between the Brigade and the young people while they learn important messages.”

The children have already produced posters this week at workshops at their schools on fire safety and anti-social behaviour for a competition where the winners’ posters will be shown in the Viewley Centre, Hemlington.

For more information on this event please contact Heather Whyman on 01642 288009.

You can also visit our website at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk to view safety advice as well as our news and details of events happening throughout the Brigade.

Press release issued by Rachel Fawcett. Contact on 01429 874035.