A MULTI-AGENCY scheme that has taught over 20,000 Hartlepool children how to stay safe is getting ready to celebrate its 18th birthday.
The Crucial Crew initiative uses a series of practical workshops to recreate dangerous situations that youngsters can be faced with in their every day lives.
It has gone from strength to strength since it started and thousands of Hartlepool youngsters have benefited from it.
Crucial Crew takes place at Hartlepool Power Station, which is run by EDF who are one of the scheme’s key partners.
The workshops cover safety issues for everything around fire, kitchen safety, road and personal safety and how to stay safe at the coast, around the railway and on building sites.
Important advice around the use of electrics and fireworks is also covered by the Crucial Crew.
Every year since 1996, around 1,200 Year Six pupils from town primary schools have attended the event.
This year’s Crucial Crew event is currently being organised by the Hartlepool Childhood Injury Prevention Group.
It will take place over two weeks from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 18.
An 18th birthday celebration hosted by Hartlepool Power Station chief Simon Parsons will mark the start of the event.
Mr Parsons, station director at Hartlepool Power Station, said: “EDF Energy is delighted to be associated with Crucial Crew which mirrors our own proactive safety culture within the power station and within the company as a whole.”
Important safety advice will be given to children from St Joseph’s RC Primary School and local dignitaries will also be present.
As well as EDF Energy, the initiative is backed by Hartlepool Borough Council, Northern Power Grid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, the British Heart Foundation, Cleveland Police, HM Coastguard, Elaine Saint Partnerships and Network Rail.
Paul Watson, Hartlepool council’s road safety officer, added: “We are very grateful for EDF Energy’s on-going support for Crucial Crew which has a proven track record of preparing local children for life out in the wider world and some of the dangers they will inevitably encounter.”