Local Students Take Action against Christmas Kitchen Fires
Toby Slim, age 14 from Trinity High School in Redditch; Robert Shepherd age 15 from Pershore High School and Maisie Holmes, 14, from Kingsley College in Redditch were asked to create a project based on one of the three main areas of work in the Community Safety Department: Accidental Dwelling Fires, Arson and RTCs.
Toby came up with the idea of a Campaign to reduce accidental fires in the home over Christmas. Kitchens are the most likely places in the home for a fire to start, and during the festive period this trend increases significantly. Large meal preparations, coupled with increased alcohol consumption, can often be a recipe for disaster.
The students decided to target their campaign at the older, more vulnerable age group of 65 plus and chose to pilot their campaign in Robert’s home town of Pershore. They produced posters and an oven safety leaflet as well as ringing various venues in Pershore asking them to display their work.
The students then presented their campaign to staff at HWFRS Headquarters on Thursday 24 October. It was such a success that they were then invited back to present to their school head teachers, work experience co-ordinators and senior managers of HWFRS on Tuesday 12 November.
The students, who were chosen for the placement following an application and interview process, are grateful for the experience that has been given to them. Maisie said: “It was really interesting to see what goes at the Fire Service and great to take part in a campaign with such an important message behind it.”
Station Commander Alan Haley from HWFRS said: “Working with Toby, Robert and Maisie presented a fantastic opportunity for us as an organisation to get a totally fresh perspective on the challenges we face from members of the very community we are striving to protect.
In return I feel that we, as a Fire Service, offered the students an opportunity to work in a high profile, quality area of the public sector and produce a real piece of work in the knowledge that they will ultimately make a positive difference to the communities in which they live."