Fire service and police work together to share safety messages in schools
Community education officers are now delivering fire and police safety messages to school children in Essex.
The collaboration between Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) and Essex Police began in 2016 and the fire service’s Education Team have been delivering joint messages since 2017, ranging from fire safety to cyber security.
Jo Turton Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive said:
“Our schools team has been in place for more than ten years, and last year we reached 200,000 school children. In 2017 we expanded our education programme to include information about the importance of home security as well as information about the risk of fire in your home.
“This is an excellent example of collaboration between our fire service and Essex Police. By working together and sharing resources in this way we are able to make both our organisations more efficient. This ultimately means a better service for school children and better value for the public.”
To showcase our partnership the eight education officers delivering talks are now wearing a new uniform incorporating both the ECFRS and Essex Police crest.
ECFRS Education Coordinator, Dan Bailey, said: “Since working with Essex Police and delivering joint safety messages we have had a fantastic response from schools. They have engaged fully with our programmes and the children have benefitted greatly from topics such as cyber safety, healthy relationships, road safety, home security and fire safety.”
Chief Supt Carl O’Malley said: “Our joint education team can only benefit young people in Essex. Working with our colleagues at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has enabled us to deliver vital safety messages to thousands of school children on ever important subjects like cyber and knife crime.
“This is a really important piece of work and our team will continue to visit schools to spread these messages and many others to young people in our county.”