And the winner of Warwickshires Junior Fire Safety Champion goes to…Jacob

Jacob Gainsley from Newbold and Tredington C of E Primary School is this month’s Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Junior Fire Safety Champion. 

For his enthusiasm and knowledge, Jacob was presented with a trophy and a £25 WH Smith voucher during his school assembly. The presentation was carried out by Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso at a recent assembly.

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

During the school visit, 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 safe and well visit 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 Service for a monthly prize draw, to award the title of Junior Fire Safety Champion.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso said:

“I was delighted to present Jacob with the Junior Fire Safety Champion trophy and prize.

“Our main role is to keep people safe and this programme provides us with a great opportunity to do just that; by educating young people about fire safety 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 and this gives them the confidence to ensure their safety and those around them.”

Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety, Councillor Andy Crump said:

“I would like to say well done to Jacob 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.”