And the winner of Warwickshire’s Junior Fire Safety Champion goes to…Freddie

Freddie receives his award from Guy Buxton (left) and Iain Cresswell (right).

Freddie Ouattara from Long Lawford Primary School is this month’s Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Services Junior Fire Safety Champion.

For his enthusiasm and knowledge, Freddie was presented with a trophy and a £25 WHSmith voucher during a school assembly. The presentation was carried out by firefighters from Rugby Fire Station on Friday 7 July.

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

During the school visit for year 5 pupils, fire crews talked 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 to 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 Freddie has been presented with the Junior Fire Safety Champion trophy and prize.

“We educate young people about fire safety in a fun and creative way. And then we ask pupils to take home what they have learnt and put it into practice. This gives them the confidence to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.”

Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety, Councillor Howard Roberts said:

“I would like to say well done to Freddie on his Junior Fire Safety Champion Certificate and prize and for taking part in the Junior Fire Safety Champion Scheme. The scheme provides the Service with a great way of engaging with young people from a very early age. It’s clear from the enthusiasm from the pupils and the schools taking part, that it is of real benefit to all involved.”