Swindon Pupils extinguish threat of fire

Primary-school pupils in Swindon have been learning about the importance of fire safety, courtesy of Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

More than 1000 children throughout Swindon Borough Council are being taught about the dangers of fire as part of the Good Citizen Junior programme.

The scheme aims to give those taking part important information about fire risks, including spotting hazards which could lead to a fire and what to do in the event of an emergency.

Good Citizen JuniorDebbie Lowe, a youth engagement advisor from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “When the children are with us, they can reinforce what they have learnt at school in a practical environment.

“This encourages them to actively participate in the visit and to think for themselves, whilst also teaching them valuable fire safety information.”

The hands on experience will see children take part in real life scenarios where their sense of fire safety will be tested.

Activities will involve children entering a mock-up bedsit, identifying fire hazards and then reporting back to the “homeowner” with their thoughts.

The scheme, which runs from 2 June to the 13 June, will provide hands-on advice for Year 6 primary school students from across 37 Swindon Schools.