Hartlepool kids get lessons in staying safe

Sacred Heart pupils at the launch of the Crucial Crew event at Hartlepool Power Station.
Sacred Heart pupils at the launch of the Crucial Crew event at Hartlepool Power Station.

A campaign to make children aware of danger is celebrating its 20th year.

Crucial Crew, hosted each year at Hartlepool Power Station, has already helped 22,000 youngsters to learn more about hazards.

The idea is that the children will have a fun time learning some very serious lessons on keeping them, their friends and family safe

Heather Barton

This year, 1,200 children from six primary schools in Hartlepool will benefit from the two-week programme.

It was opened yesterday by Heather Barton, the continuous improvement manager at Hartlepool power station, Hartlepool Council’s health improvement practitioner Deborah Clark, and Derek Berryman from Crucial Crew.

Children from Springwell and Sacred Heart RC Primary Schools got this year’s programme under way, and Heather said: “The idea is that the children will have a fun time learning some very serious lessons on keeping them, their friends and family safe.”

Deborah said: “I was here 20 years ago running one of the scenarios, and some of the children who have visited this event over the years have used the knowledge they have gained to make vital 999 calls and put in practice many of the things they have learned at Crucial Crew.”

Topics such as fireworks awareness, stranger danger, road safety, and electrical safety are discussed at workshops.

So are safety at the coast, on railway lines, and in the kitchen.

The organisations supporting Crucial Crew include Hartlepool Borough Council, HM Coastguard, Cleveland Police, Northern Power Grid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, EDF Energy, British Transport Police and Beamish Museum.

Joanne Andrews, Hartlepool Borough Council’s child injury prevention co-ordinator, said: “We aim to give children knowledge and understanding of dangers that they might come across and the actions they can take to protect themselves.

“I’d like to thank all of our partners for their continued support and, once again, we are particularly grateful to EDF Energy for allowing us to stage this important event at Hartlepool Power Station.”