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Dunmow pupils design escape plans

Crews from Great Dunmow Fire Station paid a visit to year five pupils at St Mary Primary School to present them with prizes and certificates following a competition to show how their families would get out of their homes if a fire broke out.

Around 60 children took part in the competition which asked them to demonstrate their fire escape route in any way they wanted.  Entries included posters, videos, model houses and even a Lego house.

The competition was the first run by the new crews at Great Dunmow Fire Station since crewing changes which saw the station go wholetime.

Firefighter Dave Freeman, who ran the competition, said: “The entries were really imaginative. There was a huge range of different demonstrations using all kinds of different media. There were DVDs, videos on memory sticks, a Lego house and even a dolls house one boy had built himself out of chocolate boxes.

“The children had all gone home and discussed their fire escape plans with their parents before they started work on their projects, so this was a great way to get them and their families to think and talk about fire safety and to make a plan for what they would do if a fire broke out in their homes.

“We were all very impressed with all of the entries and the amount of thought and work all of them had put into creating escape routes in their homes.”

Two classes at the school took part. The winner from each class will be treated to a special visit to Great Dunmow Fire Station, while runners-up won prizes including badges, pens and frisbees.

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