Children to get safety messages

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MORE than 1,000 school pupils are expected to take part in safety sessions at a power station.

Crucial Crew is being held in the training centre of Hartlepool Power Station, off Tees Road, until October 14.

The event consists of eight different scenarios, including fire safety, road safety, coastline safety, electrical safety, rail safety, building site safety, firework safety and a subject titled “what if it happens?”

Kath Heron, road safety assistant at Hartlepool Borough Council and a member of Hartlepool’s Crucial Crew committee, said: “The event is a way of teaching children to become more aware of their personal safety and how to react appropriately in dangerous situations.

“The knowledge the children gain from attending Crucial Crew can be carried into the wider community and used in their every day lives.”

All of Hartlepool’s primary schools have been invited and over 1,200 Year 6 children are expected to visit Crucial Crew this year.

It is the 16th time the scheme has ran and this year’s event will see the number of youngsters taking part over the years rise to 18,500.

The event is a multi-agency project involving the council’s sustainable travel and road safety team and health omprovement team, CE Electric - UK, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police, HM Coastguard and Network Rail.

Ms Heron added: “Special thanks must also go to EDF Energy (Hartlepool) for making the event possible by providing the venue and hospitality for two weeks.”