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School children find out why Safety Works!
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 16th May 2017 at 17:18

Tyneside's multi-agency interactive education centre SafetyWorks! is celebrating its' most successful year on record with more visitors than ever before! To mark this outstanding achievement, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched its summer campaign to keep children safer. Last year's safety campaign welcomed over 1,660 primary school children to enjoy safety sessions in the life like scenarios at the centre. The campaign will enable youngsters to take part in fun awareness sessions covering fire, water and beach safety in preparation for the summer months. They will also learn about first aid, road and travel safety during their visits. This year's campaign will involve fire officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The SafetyWorks! team will deliver sessions about how to stay safe when playing outside and at barbecues, and Northumbria Police officers will present advice on Stranger Danger. It will also be supported by St John Ambulance, Nexus and local road safety officers. SafetyWorks! Manager Gill Elvin, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This is the fifth year we have been running the summer safety campaign and the number of children visiting the centre has increased year on year for the last 8 years. We have seen a 40% increase in visitors to the centre as a whole since 2013 with over 14,500 people through the doors and we are absolutely delighted with our success. “The centre had a complete refurbishment last year which gave us the opportunity to introduce more safety scenarios, so we expect the popularity of this campaign to carry on growing in years to come." Chief Inspector Steve Hails of Northumbria Police said: "We are proud to play such a significant part in supporting this excellent facility which helps provide an interactive and imaginative learning experience for children and adults. Our embedded officers help provide an input for youngsters about staying safe and what to do in an emergency. It's important that young people know how to stay safe in today's modern society and early education and prevention advice is key to help protect them from danger.” For information on what is on offer at SafetyWorks! 15 Whickham View, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6UN, go to Bookings can be directed to [email protected]
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