Following the successful launch of the education hub last week, Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service are now launching a bedtime story activity programme for young children, to help them learn about fire safety in a fun and engaging way.
The books, read by members of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, including the Chief Fire Officer, Kieran Amos, are from the Ellie the Fire Dog series. The stories have been produced specifically by West Midlands Fire Service to help children learn about how to make a 999 call, the importance of having smoke alarms in your home and what the role of a firefighter entails.
The stories are really engaging and include key safety messages for the children to learn. After each story, our Fire Prevention Team have set an activity to help the children with their understanding of the key messages within each book. This could be anything from drawing a picture to discussing the activity with their family and friends.
The series of six stories begin with a ‘Special Day for Ellie’ and end with ‘What an Awful Noise’.
Talking about the programme, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Community Fire Safety Officer, Gemma Childs said:
“We are really excited to launch the next phase of our learning hub. The stories are really engaging and have been produced specifically to support the learning of young children, to better understand how to keep themselves safe from fire, learning when and how to make a 999 call, learning about smoke alarms and the importance of not playing with fire.”
Councillor Andy Crump, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety said:
“I am delighted with the launch of the new education hub and now the fire safety bedtime stories. It really will make a difference for all those who have missed their fire service visits in years 1 and 5 over the last two months. Education is key to helping children stay fire safe. The earlier children learn about the dangers of playing with fire and the importance of knowing how to make a 999 call, the better. It provides them with the life skills needed to know what to do should a fire occur in their home.
“We hope that the stories are as successful as the Education Hub has been so far. Most importantly we hope the children love the Ellie the Fire Dog stories.”
A huge thank you to West Midlands Fire Service for allowing us to use the stories as part of our learning hub.