County fire quiz winners

Oswestry School won this year’s fire safety quiz organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. Left to right, pupils Max Clarke, Matthew Cooper, Joseph Law and Eleanor Christie reecive the winners shield and medals from Dave Dickens (left) and Charlie Cartwright (right)

A total of nine Shropshire schools were in the final of this year’s fire safety quiz run by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Teams of four pupils representing their school were at Telford Central Fire Station for the final after winning through regional heats involving schools from across the county.

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of year 7 pupils from 39 schools have been researching facts, figures and expert advice about fire safety and general safety compiled into a “Be Cool Be Safe” magazine ready for the popular annual quiz.

It was the team from Oswestry School which notched up most points to win the coveted title with Bridgnorth Endowed School declared the runners up and Shrewsbury High School in third place.

Pupils standing in front of fire appliance

Pictured with the fire appliance are Oswestry School pupils Max Clarke, Matthew Cooper, Joseph Law and Eleanor Christie

The winners received a £500 cheque for sports equipment for their school as well as £20 gift vouchers for each member of the team, along with medals. They gained most points in five rounds of questions including finding out if you commit arson and gain a criminal record it stays on your record for life and that there are 30,000 hoax fire calls in the UK each year.

The event also involved the teams of four racing against the clock to each put on fire kit including helmet, jacket, trousers and boots.

Quiz organiser Crew Manager Charlie Cartwright said: “The youngsters had a lot of fun and most importantly learned some very useful potentially lifesaving information to help keep them safe.

“I believe we have helped the young people of Shropshire become safer and the knowledge they have gained will keep them safe for the rest of their lives.

“The quiz is an excellent way of teaching life skills to young people and I would like to thank all that took part as everyone worked very hard.”

The quiz has been running throughout Shropshire for 10 years in this format with over 50,000 young people taking part in the annual quiz since it started.

Information on next year’s quiz will be available soon on

Young student dressing in fire kit puts on helmet

Madeley Academy’s Monaliza Cudjoe takes part in the fun kit race – all part of the safety quiz

The other schools to take part were Shrewsbury’s Priory School, The Grange School (Shrewsbury), Thomas Adams (Wem), Abraham Darby, Blessed Robert Johnson and Madeley Academy (Telford).

Information they learned included knowledge on staying safe with fire, water, on the roads and railways, how to deal with school bullies, facts on alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and what to do in an emergency.

30th April, 2012