Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC) and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have held a fire safety event for more than 200 Burton children.
The evening was a huge success and it was fantastic to see so many people at the event, learning some really important safety information and enjoying themselves in the process.
Crews from Burton upon Trent Community Fire Station attended the event, along with Safer Communities CIC, to give life saving advice at Central Rizvia Mosque on Monday May 21. The session was organised after 80 other children from the mosque had visited the local fire station as part of Safer Communities CIC, SFRS Safe and Well Week.
The children had enjoyed their visit so much that Safer Communities CIC were asked by the Mosque if they could organise another visit, but this time to the mosque itself enabling the remaining pupils over 200 to be taught CPR and given a fire safety talk before getting the opportunity to engage with the firefighters asking the firefighters questions.
Head of Safer Communities CIC, Kate Staples, said: “The evening was a huge success and it was fantastic to see so many people at the event, learning some really important safety information and enjoying themselves in the process.
“The children were really interested and loved seeing the firefighters and the engine.”
“It is so important for us to get out and engage within our communities showing our residents how to stay safe in their homes and what to do in an emergency.
“Everyone at the mosque was really welcoming and made the evening really enjoyable for us and all those who attended. We look forward to doing more of these events in the future.”
Mohammed Tariq, of the Burton Central Mosque Rizvia, said: “On behalf of the management committee, children and all staff I would like to thank the Safer Communities CIC team and firefighters from Burton upon Trent fire station. Through their efforts, by taking valuable time out, they made a very memorable and enjoyable experience for all who attended.
“The kids were excited and overjoyed with the experience they received - we had a multitude of positive comments /feedback from both the parents and students.
“This experience might perhaps encourage some of the attendees that this might be the career path they would like to be part of. We feel that this is a brilliant start to developing a long term relationship with our local community fire station and firefighters.
“Once again we would like to thank everybody for allowing us to experience this memorable moment.”