London Fire Brigade's Community Safety Partnerships Manager Kathryn Bloomfield talks about the success of the Brigade's Community Safety Village, a community focused showcase which ran alongside this year's UK Rescue Challenge London 2011.

London Fire Brigade recently hosted the nation's biggest and most prestigious national competition, the UK Rescue Challenge London 2011, at London's ExCel arena. In addition to the competing challenges, the Brigade also ran a Community Safety Village to showcase the work the UK's biggest fire service carries out in local communities.

On the first day of the two-day event, nearly 1,000 schoolchildren from local primary schools across Newham visited the Village. They were treated to a variety of demonstrations, including a schools' team workshop, a 'sniffer' demonstration by the Brigade's fire investigation dogs, the ever popular hot fat fire exercise and a specially-tailored Outreach competition. A state of the art Hazard House, outfitted by IKEA, was created by the Brigade to help children learn about potential fire hazards in the home.

During the second day, firefighter families and friends from across the UK as well as the general public came along to learn about fire safety and various community initiatives run by the Brigade. Newham Borough Commander Wayne Browne, assisted by his local firefighter crew, also delivered a number of presentations outlining the fire service provision in Newham and discussing the impact of the proposed Olympic travel routes, which will have a huge impact on traffic levels in the borough.

A cooking challenge took place on both days, with firefighters from East Ham and Silvertown competing to win the honours in the breakfast, lunch and dinner cook-offs.  They were helped by catering students from Newham College, preparing meals from ingredients provided by the Co-op. The audience was asked to judge the competition, with Silvertown's firefighters emerging as overall winners. Whilst the cooking was underway, the audience were told about the common causes of kitchen fires and how easy it is to prevent a cooking-related fire from happening in the first place.

The Community Safety Village was a huge success. We were very pleased with the feedback from both, members of the public and the visiting schools, and are now looking forward to starting community safety preparations for next year's World Rescue Competition, to be hosted by the Brigade in 2012.


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