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

Jess Shephard from Bidford-on-Avon C of E Primary School is this month’s Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Services Junior Fire Safety Champion.

For her enthusiasm and knowledge, Jess was presented with a trophy and a £25 WH Smith voucher during her school assembly. The presentation was carried out by Community Fire Support Officers Sharon Taylor and Gemma Childs from Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service on Thursday 8th March.

Following a school visit from the Fire and Rescue Service in January, Jess used her fire safety knowledge and spotted potential fire hazards in her 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 included a hazard spotting exercise, where the crew gave pupils all the information and skills they need to carry out a fire safety check at home.

Pupils were 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 awarded 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 Jess was presented with the Junior Fire Safety Champion trophy and prize.

“We educate young people about fire safety in a fun and creative way. 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 those around them.”

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

“I would like to say well done to Jess on her 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.”