Oli is Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Junior Fire Safety Champion

Oli Hooper from Bidford C of E Primary School is this month’s Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Junior Fire Safety Champion.

For his enthusiasm and knowledge, Oli was presented with a trophy and a £25 WH Smith voucher during his school assembly yesterday. The presentation was carried out by Response Commander, Sam O’Brien.

Following a school visit from the Fire and Rescue Service in April, Oli used his fire safety knowledge and spotted potential fire hazards in his own home.

During the school visit for year five pupils, fire crews talk about smoke alarms, kitchen and electrical safety and a night time ‘turn it off’ routine.

The session also includes a hazard spotting exercise, where the crew give pupils all the information and skills they need to carry out a fire safety check at home.

Pupils are then asked to complete a safety check for real. They can do this in their own home, at grandparents, or relative’s house. Once complete, the school award the children with a Junior Fire Safety Champion Certificate.

All the safety checks are then sent into the Fire Service for a monthly prize draw to award the title of Junior Fire Safety Champion.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Schools Education Officer, Ruth Greenhalgh said:

“I am delighted that Oli was presented with the Junior Fire Safety Champion trophy and prize. The scheme provides the Service with a great way of engaging with young people about fire safety from a very early age in a fun and creative way.

“As part of the programme, we ask pupils to take home what they have learnt and put it into practice. It’s clear from the enthusiasm from the pupils and the schools taking part that it is of real benefit to all involved. Well done Oli!”