Safety first – thanks to the Crucial Crew

As part of the annual Crucial Crew event – organised by St Helens Council
and other local agencies – around 2,000 year 5 primary school pupils from
across the borough acted out life-saving scenarios, as a way of
highlighting awareness of personal safety, crime prevention and social
responsibility.

Held at Langtree Park stadium, the two week scheme, delivered just in
time for the October half-term holiday, is designed to teach children in
a fun and interactive way to:-

·     Become more aware of personal safety.

·     Make a contribution to crime prevention.

·     Avoid being a victim of crime.

·     Know what to do in an emergency.

·     Foster good citizenship.

·     Actively contribute to their own health.

The Council’s Road Safety team were on hand to deliver information about
being safe on roads; the Environmental Health team talked about hazards at home and how to be safe while using the internet, whilst the rangers
discussed safety in parks.

Messages around firework safety were presented by Merseyside Fire and
Rescue Service, who demonstrated what to do in the event of clothing
catching fire, a particularly useful piece of advice with bonfire night
looming.

Meanwhile, the British Transport Police discussed the dangers of playing on or near to railway tracks, and Merseyside Police explained to the pupils
how to make a 999 call – and introduced them to the 101 number as a way of reporting a crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency
response.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable
Borough, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron said:“The Crucial Crew event is
always a great way for young people to learn about safety on so many
different levels – especially with school holidays and events like bonfire
night just around the corner.

“I’d like to thank all the staff involved in delivering this successful
scheme and the children themselves for being so attentive and getting
involved in the sessions.”