Personal safety lesson

YOUNGSTERS will be taught vital personal safety lessons when a popular roadshow arrives in town next week.

Crucial Crew aims to re-create dangerous situations youngsters in Hartlepool could encounter in their lives and show them how to react.

The event is being held at Hartlepool Power Station from October 8-18.

Up to 1,300 children will attend, with Year 6 pupils from every primary school in the town taking part.

Paul Watson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s road safety officer, said: “Crucial Crew 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.”

Now in its 17th year, Crucial Crew provides an enjoyable way of teaching children to become more aware of personal safety issues, as well as dangers such as fire, kitchens, road and electrical equipment.

Simon Parsons, station director at Hartlepool Power Station, said: “I am delighted we are hosting such an excellent event.

“This will be first time I will have personally seen Crucial Crew, but I have heard a lot about it from the people on site.

“This event mirrors our own proactive safety culture within the power station and within EDF Energy.

“I hope that the children who come to the training centre enjoy Crucial Crew and also pick up a better awareness and vital safety skills that they can use in their everyday life”.

Crucial Crew is a multi-agency initiative supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, Northern Power Grid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Hartlepool Primary Care Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cleveland Police, HM Coastguard, Elaine Saint Partnerships and Network Rail.