Summer safety sessions prove a big hit with local communities

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) have opened up a number of their fire stations to children for a series of safety sessions this summer.

Children in Key Stages 1 and 2, alongside their parents/carers, were invited to Weston-Super-Mare, Yate, Southmead, Patchway and Kingswood stations to learn more about fire safety and staying safe in and around the water, plus taking part in a fitness challenge with AF&RS mascot, Fido the Fire Dog.

During the sessions, attendees were also given the opportunity to see a fire engine up close with firefighters answering questions on the equipment they use at a fire or incident.

Rachel Stewart, Children & Young People (CYP) Advisor said: “These summer safety sessions were designed to educate young children and their guardians on fire safety and the risks associated with being in or near to the water in a fun, and informative, way.

“Fire crews, and my colleagues in the CYP team, have been pleased to see so many of our communities come along to our station, engage and take away key safety advice.

“A special thanks to firefighters at Weston-Super Mare Red Watch, Yate Red Watch, Southmead Red Watch, Patchway White Watch and Kingswood White Watch for your support and hard work.”

Craig Carter, Crew Manager at Weston-Super-Mare Red Watch, said: “I recently worked with firefighters at Patchway Fire Station to deliver a summer safety session in which over 60 people attended. The children enjoyed getting to know their local fire station and crews better – and learnt how to keep themselves and their families safe in case of an emergency. We might have even inspired some future AF&RS firefighters.”

AF&RS offer a selection of educational packages tailored to different ages groups and designed to deliver engaging safety messages. We are committed to providing fire, water and road safety education to young people to help keep them safe. If you’d like to find out more about how we deliver this educational package and request a school visit, please visit the Service website here.