Police join pupils for Wooler safety day
Dated: 07 Oct 2011
Emergency service staff in Wooler joined children for a special safety day.
Officers from the police, fire and ambulance services worked alongside Sure Start and the Northumberland National Park voluntary rangers to give first school children from Ford, Cornhill, Branton and Wooler an interactive learning day.
The event, which was part-funded by the local multi-agency partnership, gave children an opportunity to identify hazards and dangers in a number of scenarios including around the home, on the farm, around water and in the countryside. Other experiences included road safety and first aid.
Nearly 50 local children - aged between five and eight - along with teachers attended the day.
PC Andy Clark, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Wooler, said: “The aim of the day was to give reassurance to the children when faced with hazards as well as the confidence to approach the emergency services if they ever needed help.
"There was a great atmosphere and a sense of fun during the day which was enjoyed as much by the emergency service staff as the children. We had fabulous weather and an afternoon of entertainment to complement the lessons learned in the morning.”
Alison Lloyd-Harris, head teacher of Branton First School, added: “It was such a good idea to have all the emergency services together for maximum impact. It would have taken a school year for pupils to experience all the elements of the day separately. The road safety was especially imaginative.”
Each child left the day with a bag of useful items including safety colouring books and pencils, reflective jackets and other donated items.