Fire quiz hots up

19th March, 2007

This year's fire quiz organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is hotting up with four regional heats due to take place at 36 schools across Shropshire.

The county's 11-year-olds are brushing up their knowledge ready to answer a series of questions on a wide range of safety issues including how to stay safe with fire, water, on the roads and railways, how to deal with school bullies, facts on alcohol and tobacco, and what to do in an emergency.

Pupils have all been studying hundreds of facts, figures and expert advice compiled into a Be Cool Be Safe magazine and accessed on the county fire service website at www.becoolbesafe.co.uk

Road safety officers', police, fire, Community Safety Partnerships, and alcohol and drug professionals have all contributed to the information, said competition organiser Lynn Hosking, the youth officer with the fire service.

"Pupils learn a lot of useful information through the classroom project which helps make them aware about how to stay safe. These are life skills they are being taught and they have a lot of fun competing against other schools."

The first of four regional heats kicks off on March 20 at Church Stretton School when nine schools take part in the quiz. They are: Church Stretton, Bishops Castle Community College, Oldbury Wells, Bridgnorth Endowed, William Brookes , Adcotel, Ellesmere College, Wrekin College and Oswestry School.

This is followed on March 22 at Priory School, Shrewsbury, with nine schools involving Priory, The Grange, Wakeman, Sundorne, Belvidere, Meole Brace, Mary Webb, Lakelands, and Corbet School.

On March 27 eight schools will vie to win the regional round at Thomas Adams School, Wem with pupils from the Marches, Sir John Talbot, The Grove, Burton Borough, Adams Grammar, Newport Girls High and Rhyn Park.

The final heat is at the Sutherland School in Telford on March 29 with other schools competing: Ercall Wood, Hadley Learning College, Abraham Darby, Wrockwardine Wood, Madeley Court, Idsall, Phoenix, Charlton and Blessed Robert Johnson. Regional winners will go through to a grand final in April.

Firefighters have been into a number of schools to carry out quiz sessions with some pupils as part of fire safety education.

This year a record 36 schools are taking part in the event which has grown in interest across Shropshire secondary schools since 2000 when 16 schools took part.