Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Fire Brigade hosts community safety event

London Fire Brigade has hosted a fire safety event helping teach schoolchildren about the hazards that can be found in the home.
The brigade hosted the nation’s biggest national competition, the UK Rescue Challenge London 2011, at the capital’s ExCel arena. In addition, it also ran a Community Safety Village to showcase the work the UK’s biggest fire service carries out in local communities.
On the first day of the two-day event, nearly a thousand schoolchildren from local primary schools across Newham visited the village. They were shown a number of demonstrations, including a schools’ team workshop, a ‘sniffer’ demonstration by the brigade’s fire investigation dogs and a hot fat fire exercise.
A state of the art Hazard House, outfitted by IKEA, was created to help children learn about potential fire hazards in the home.
During the second day, firefighter families and friends from across the UK as well as the general public came along to learn about fire safety and various community initiatives run by the brigade.
London Fire Brigade’s community safety partnerships manager, Kathryn Bloomfield said: “The Community Safety Village was a huge success. We were very pleased with the feedback from both, members of the public and the visiting schools, and are now looking forward to starting Community Safety preparations for next year’s World Rescue Competition, to be hosted by the brigade in 2012.”
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