Safety In Action , Eastbourne – May 2023

Posted on Monday 29th May 2023 in All Road Users, Education and Training, Pedestrians

The week commencing Monday 22nd of May, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service welcomed local school in and around Eastbourne to their first ‘Safety in Action’ event, this year. The event is designed to encourage children to recognise hazards and take action to keep themselves and others safe. Sussex Safer Roads Partnership supported the event through creating interactive scenarios for Year 6 children to learn about some of the dangers they may face as they become more independent and prepare for transition to secondary school.

A number of scenarios are set up by the organisations involved, designed to simulate and provide information about a variety of topics which may include:

  • Road Safety
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Fire Safety
  • Water Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Rail Safety
  • Online Safety
  • Personal Safety
  • Stranger Danger
  • Emergency Life Support

Children are divided into teams to rotate around the different scenarios, spending 10 minutes at each. The scenario content is decided by the relevant organisation or agency delivering them. However, they are all designed to engage and inform the children on specific safety issues relating to their area of expertise.

Community Speedwatch Officer/ SPOC for Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Steve O’Connell, who attended and supported the engagement, said:

‘Week commencing 22nd May 2023 in Eastbourne Sussex Safer Roads joined our partners, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the other Emergency Services to provide Road Safety Education, just one of the many scenarios including CPR, Water Safety, Fire Safety, Electrical Safety, Stranger Danger, and Transport Safety to 682 children form 11 local schools. This Educational resource is fully immersive, it is run in a variety of locations throughout East Sussex including Brighton & Hove City and provides and invaluable insight into the dangers faced every day and how to deal with them successfully, the demonstration at each scenario enables children to engage with a topic in an interactive manner – keeping them safe and well informed. They are scored on their ability and are provided with workbooks to further their understanding of the different scenarios offered.’