Crucial help for Crucial Crew

E.ON General Manager for the Ironbridge power station David Bryson presents a glass plaque to Eric Swanborough (left)as an appreciation of Eon’s 18 years of support for Crucial Crew and working to educate children in water safety

Thousands of schoolchildren in Telford & Wrekin have learned essential safety messages – and enjoyed lots of fun – at the annual Crucial Crew events, say organisers.

The event, sponsored by E.ON, has attracted 25,000 11-year-olds who have learned all about fire and electricity safety, road safety, stranger danger and first aid over the past 18 years.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, which now organises the event, praised E.ON for its long term support and for providing the “superb” venue at Buildwas social club where the 2011 event has just been held.

“The work that we do with youngsters is crucial in helping them to learn all about safety in a wide range of environments,” said Rabinder Dhami, team leader in Community Fire Safety at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“We want to thank Eon for their ongoing support throughout Crucial Crew. Children remember what they have learned and they take with them lessons for life.”

Children take part in interactive sessions to witness the explosive consequences of tampering with electric power cables and transformers. They also experienced the smoke house to see how smoke reacts in a fire and many other interactive sessions throughout the day.

They learn about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, stranger danger, road safety, bullying and personal safety. West Mercia volunteer police cadets take part in the scenarios and help police Community Support Officers to marshall the event.

Each student is given a Crucial Crew work book packed full of useful information, to take away with them. Parents and carers are encouraged to complete fun activities in the work book, so the whole family has an opportunity to learn about keeping children safe. Teachers can also use the work book in the classroom.

3rd June, 2011