The Director of Fire, Resilience and Emergencies has launched the new £215,000 Lifewise Centre in Hellaby, South Yorkshire.

This new centre was a joint project between South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkfire Fire and Rescue and South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and incorporates a life-size film set used to deliver fire, road and personal safety messages.

After opening the set for the first time, Neil O'Connor from the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "The creation of this centre is an excellent example of partnership working between local agencies.

"Children and young people represent a great opportunity to the fire and rescue service and the police as educators to introduce lifelong skills and messages which will lead to fire safe, responsible and safer behaviour in all our communities."

Lifewise's flagship education programme 'Crucial Crew' will see thousands of children undertake scenario-based learning to discover about anti-social behaviour, arson and road safety.

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney said: "This centre is an outstanding example of the ground-breaking collaboration work we are involved in with the Police and other partners.

"Educating young people to help keep themselves safe is of common interest to us, and we have both based our community safety teams at the centre to develop ongoing partnership working." 

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