THE NEXT generation of high school children was given a very special education in safety at a local fire station this week.
Almost 700 pupils from schools across Hastings borough and Rother district were invited to Bohemia Road station in Hastings.
Safety in Action has been running for the last 30 years.
The annual event involves pupils taking part in emergency scenarios set up by fire officers.
The pupils are split up into groups and have to go through each scenario.
The first scenario involves the South East Coast Ambulance service volunteers talking about a man falling off a ladder and getting injured.
The second is someone setting fire to rubbish at a workshop.
The third is the police working on a stranger danger theme.
The fourth involves the local RNLI posing questions about how to stay safe whil on the beach.
The fifth scenario involves Hastings Volunteer Lifeguards talking about how to deal with a child falling into a pond.
The sixth involves the fire service asking about staying safe on the road.
The seventh involves the police and remembering how to safely cross the road.
The eighth involves a scenario of a group of schoolchildren walking home from school. A school bag is thrown onto the rail line and the children are
asked what to do next. The ninth involves a kite being stuck in an electicity pylon.
Graham Geer, crew manager, said: “These are very important lessons for life for young people as they gain more independence.”