Pupils are top of the class for safety

Pupils celebrating their award
Pupils celebrating their award

FIREFIGHTERS and policemen visited a primary school to award its pupils a trophy for their recent safety work.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Sussex Police were at Sacred Heart last week week to hand over the prize after the school scooped first place in a contest held as part of an awareness week.

More than 700 children from 24 primary schools in Hastings and nearby Rother took part in Safety In Action Week, which was held at Hastings’s Bohemia Road fire station.

The event was aimed at year six pupils and held to give youngsters basic skills to help keep them safe and teach them how to deal with different safety and emergency scenarios, including fires, accidents, railways, strangers and road safety.

Children were taught how to respond if faced with similar, real life situations by taking part in staged demonstrations.

The youngsters were put into teams which then rotated around nine different action stations, all run by the different organisations, like the police, the ambulance service and the fire brigade.

Each team was given a score based on what they had learned from the scenario and their team work - with the results totted up and showing Sacred Heart to be the overall winners.

Crew manager Graham Geer, from Bohemia Road fire station, was delighted at how the youngsters took to their tasks. He said: “The event proved to be very successful.

“I’d like to thank all the firefighters and partner agencies who work hard to help keep these children safe. I’d also like to say a very special well done to Sacred Heart primary school.”