Firefighters help hundreds of youngsters to stay safe

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As part of the Safe Angus event, SFRS set up a mock fire scenario to encourage school pupils to practice safe techniques

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Community safety advocate Judi Young and firefighter Euan Dorward talk to pupils about fire risk

Firefighters have helped more than 700 pupils from across the Angus area to be aware of fire risk and to stay safe.

The Safe Angus Spring Safety event is taking place at the Jock Neish Scouting Centre, Tannadice by Finavon until May 26, and tasks youngsters with a number of realistic tests.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service set up a mock fire scenario at the event which allowed the children to practice safe techniques if ever confronted with a person trapped by fire.

SFRS Watch Manager, David McKenzie, said the activity had been a great success and praised the pupils for their enthusiasm.

He said: “It is absolutely imperative that young people know how to stay safe when presented with risk and we equipped them with the skills to ensure that happens.

“During the mock scenario, the students summoned help by phone and encouraged the trapped person to get to a safer place until the arrival of the fire service.

“The pupils chose some very good responses to the simulated incident.”

The multi-agency scheme was also supported by Angus Council, the NHS, Police Scotland, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Watch Manager McKenzie added: “I’d like to thank the SFRS volunteers and our partners – this is a fantastic learning tool.”

The SFRS offers free home fire safety visits  - helping people better understand the risks of fire in their home. Firefighters will also check or install smoke detectors.

To arrange a free visit, contact freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

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