Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire safety winners at Dunmow

A group of youngsters who won a school fire safety competition collected their prizes from Dunmow Fire Station on Thursday April 10.

The crew worked with year five and six pupils at 16 schools throughout Uttlesford and Braintree to challenge young people to create a fire escape plan and then present it to their classmates in the form of a model, drawing, role play or video.

Firefighter Richard Cross, who helped organise the competition, said: “We went to the schools and spoke to the pupils about fire safety and how important it is to have an escape plan. We told them to go home and make sure they have a smoke alarm and to talk to their parents about how they would all escape in a fire.

“They then had to design something to illustrate their escape plan and present it to their classmates. The response we got was fantastic, they did pictures and paintings, built models, adapted dolls houses to show fire risks, made Lego models of their homes and even produced videos with all their family.

“We encourage all the children to become fire marshals in their home testing smoke alarms every week and making sure an escape route is kept clear.

“Today we had the three winners and their friends and family for a special prize day at the station.

“We have been really pleased with the reaction we got to this competition. All the pupils really joined in and we can see they all went home and spoke with their families about fire safety, which is what we wanted.”

Click here to watch the fire safety video made by Daisy Barns, one of the competition winners.


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