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Fire service visit Children's Centres for Child Safety Week

Article By: Central Bedfordshire Council

The sirens were sounding and the hoses were on as families picked up some fire safety advice at Central Bedfordshire’s Children’s Centres recently.

Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service visited Downside Children’s Centre in Dunstable and Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre in Houghton Regis on Friday 24 June and Tuesday 28 June respectively.

Children at both centres were given a talk about the fire engine and its equipment, before getting the chance to sit in its seats and hold the hoses under the supervision of firefighters.

The events were organised to mark the national Child Safety Week, which ran between 20-26 June.

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "It is important that children see and can relate to emergency services personnel in their uniforms from a young age, so that they don’t seem scary. I’m sure all the children enjoyed the exciting experience of having a fire engine visit them and hopefully, they have taken a few safety messages on board too."

Vicky Allen, Community Safety Support Manager with Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Children always enjoy the chance to see a fire engine close up, and the opportunity to squirt water from the hoses, under supervision, is a special treat. However, the real value for us is to be able to speak with the children and their parents about the things that they can do to prevent fires from happening and ensure that they remain safe, should a fire occur, at home or elsewhere."