Year 2 and Year 5 took part in a fire safety education workshop with the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service last half term. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit from an experienced firefighter. They were taught skills for survival in the event of a fire, the importance of testing fire alarms regularly and the dangers playing with fire can pose.
The visit for Year 2 was linked to their current project on ‘The Great Fire of London’. They particularly enjoyed learning about the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique alongside having the chance to see the real uniform firefighters wear to protect themselves. Beau got the opportunity to dress up in the uniform, she said: “I was so excited to try on the outfit myself, I looked like a real fire fighter”. Noah added, “it’s so important to test your smoke alarm, it can save lives!”.
Year 5 were taught the possible consequences of deliberate fire setting and making hoax 999 calls. Ben said “I learnt so much that I wouldn’t have learnt in my usual lessons. For example, that firefighters don’t only rescue people from fires they also save animals and help people who have been in car accidents”. Jessie was extremely enthusiastic: “I think it’s amazing how firefighters risk their lives to save others. I’ll be reminding my family to test their smoke alarm”.