09 November 2018
three fire service members holding CPR practice dummies

Hundreds of school pupils from across Northamptonshire have been learning about road, fire and cyber safety as part of a series of emergency services days held at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.

The events were held for year 6 pupils over the course of four days, with presentations and workshops given by organisations including Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and the solvent abuse awareness charity Solve It.

Life-saving First Aid skills were also taught to students during the days, including techniques such as CPR.

Members of Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets were also present to assist with workshops and speak to visiting pupils.

Gifts for children

Fleet drivers from building products manufacturer Forterra also supported the event by bringing along two lorries to help pupils learn about the dangers posed by large vehicles and to find out more about blind spots and stopping distances. The company also provided free gifts for each of the children and hi-vis vests to wear.

NFRS Community Safety Officer Jo Gouldson was also among the attendees, delivering a talk about fire safety.

PCSO Alex Franklin, who led a session on cyber safety, said: “The emergency services days at Wicksteed have become annual events in our calendar and each year we receive such a positive response from the schools taking part.

“They give us the perfect opportunity to deliver really important safety messages, whether that be about staying safe online, or knowing which First Aid techniques to deliver if someone they know suffers a medical emergency.

“The children who come along really listen and take in what is being taught to them and that is extremely valuable in keeping themselves and others safe.”