More than 850 Eastbourne schoolchildren are to learn about the dangers of the world around them next month.
Safety In Action’s coming to the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre between 10-14 October and will host a range of Year 6 pupils, to get them ready for their transition in to secondary school, where they’ll face more independence.
Co-ordinated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the partnership project also involves Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance, Eastbourne Volunteer Lifeguards, Southern Rail, East Sussex County Council and UK Power networks.
A number of scenarios are set up by the different organisations, designed to simulate and provide information about a variety of topics such as road safety and personal safety, dealing with a casualty, reporting a fire and keeping safe, safety on the streets, safety near the railway, water safety, alcohol safety and electrical safety.
Eastbourne Borough Council wardens are joining the Eastbourne event for the first time with a street safety scene scenario. The children will have to identify hazards - such a discarded syringe or half-drunk can of beer and discuss what’s the right or the wrong thing to do.
David Kemp, Community Safety lead at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “We know that Safety in Action is a really good way of helping children start to think for themselves and understand the risks they may come across in all kinds of situations. We are pleased that so many organisations want to be involved in this important work. Lessons learnt at this age can last a lifetime.”