Children from 18 primary schools across Nottinghamshire participated in this year's two-week multi-agency Safety Zone, each receiving important safety messages from dedicated professionals.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) delivered practical demonstrations showing children what to do in case of an emergency in or near water. Western Power Distribution highlighted the shocking power of electricity using a mock substation, while St John Ambulance taught them essential first aid skills.

The children also learnt about staying safe on the roads from both Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council's Road Safety Teams. This year, a new scenario was added focusing on arson and how to make a 999 call. This was run in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and NFRS.

The Safety Zone event, now in its 18th year, was held at The National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont from 19th-30th March. The nature of the event allows key agencies to reach a large number of children in one place and has proved to be a success year after year.

The children experience a range of interactive scenarios, where they have the opportunity to not only hear about safety, but also to demonstrate and put into practice the skills they have been taught.

NFRS Crew Manager Andrew Oxnard, the Event Manager for Safety Zone, said: "Safety Zone is a great example of partnership working and provides the children with practical skills to help keep them safe in their everyday lives."

Partner agencies involved in Safety Zone 2012 were:

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Nottinghamshire Police

St John Ambulance

Western Power Distribution

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Nottingham City Transport & NET

Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottingham City Council

Nottingham E-Learning


Photo: Children from Willow Brook Primary School at Keyworth learn how to make a 999 call at one of the Safety Zone workstations


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Posted April 10th, 2012 at 1410 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: