Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Emergency Services give safety lessons to 2,300 school children during pandemic

Almost 2,300 schoolchildren across Essex have watched safety lessons delivered by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police in an online education hub.

The Education Hub was launched on 2 April to enable the two services to continue delivering safety lessons to children while many schools were closed.

The two emergency services work collaboratively to deliver fire safety and crime prevention advice in lessons and assemblies for all school children from reception to sixth form and college.

During the pandemic, the six Education Officers - Andrea Adams, Jade Cope, Laura Moxley, Neil Soanes, Roy Evans and Steve Parker - recorded the lessons they would usually deliver in schools to make them accessible to the many parents and carers home schooling children while juggling other commitments.

Schools that were open to key workers and that began to open in recent weeks also had access to the lessons.

Since 2 April, the Education Hub has had 2,295 visitors watching the lessons that cover a variety of topics including home fire safety, summer safety, knife crime and road safety.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police are committed to continuing to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel, and the online education hub has enabled children to continue to learn important safety lessons as part of the national curriculum during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive said:

“Our Education Officers have done a fantastic job in building an interactive Education Hub for young people to access during the pandemic. We know that many parents and carers have found themselves putting on a teacher hat while juggling other commitments and the Education Hub has provided important safety lessons that children would be taught as part of the curriculum.

“We adapted quickly during the changing climate at the beginning of the pandemic to ensure we could reach our younger generations to help keep them safe now and in the future. We know that safer children become safer adults.

“The Education Hub has lessons that can help children stay safe from learning about water safety during the summer to reducing the risk of fire in the home. Our lessons can be accessed throughout the summer holidays.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said:

"This was a great innovation that was delivered quickly and at a time when parents and careers really needed new resources to help their children continue with their learning. The fact that the lessons have been so popular is great feedback for the team, the Service and all of those who made this happen. Well done to all of those involved.”

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