Safety First at Crucial Crew
More than 1,400 children from 53 primary schools in Pembrokeshire are visiting ‘Crucial Crew’ this year.
The annual event delivers at Withybush Showground delivers important safety messages to children in Year 6 – aged ten and eleven.
Pupils take part in a series of different workshops throughout the day with local police, fire and ambulance officers as well as coastguards, lifeguards, road safety officers and many others.
They are presented with a variety of dangerous or challenging scenarios - such as a school bus evacuation, house fire or somebody suffering a serious health problem – and given the chance to discuss how to deal with such situations and take part in role play exercises.
The children are also given advice on issues such as food safety, keeping safe online, cyber-bullying and much more.
The two-week event is co-ordinated by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Road Safety Team and sponsored by South Hook LNG, Powersafe and Simon Safety.
Councillor Wynne Evans, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, praised the initiative which is now in its 22nd year.
“Crucial Crew is a great event which allows us to give Year 6 children a range of important safety messages as they start to become more independent,” he said. “I would like to thank all the partnering agencies and the sponsors because without their support, this crucial event for our schools would not be able to take place.”
Rob Else, General Manager of South Hook LNG said: “It’s been incredibly pleasing to see how responsive children are to the safety messages being delivered. All of the participating organisations have found engaging ways of promoting safety awareness in situations that the children can really identify with. “Safety is our top priority at South Hook LNG, so we are very proud to have been a part of Crucial Crew again this year.”
Taking part in this year’s event were the Welsh Ambulance Service, Domestic Abuse Forum, Dyfed Powys Police, PCC Food Safety, Maritime Coastguard Agency, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, NFU, PCC Road Safety, RNLI, PCC School Transport and Western Power Distribution.
Each pupil was given a bag sponsored by Simon Safety with items donated by South Hook LNG and participating agencies, including an educational booklet, hi-visibility vests, torches and reflectors.
Phil Thompson, formerly PR Manager of Chevron and Texaco who originally sponsored the first event in 1994, said: "I'm so pleased South Hook LNG is continuing to support such a worthwhile event. The event was one of the initiatives of the original Child Injury Prevention Group set up by the Police, Fire Brigade, Withybush Hospital, PCC and industrial partner Texaco (Pembroke Refinery). “This event would not continue without the valuable sponsorship from LNG.”
Pictured at this year’s Crucial Crew with pupils from Neyland and Broad Haven primary schools and road safety mascot Ziggy the Zebra are (left to right): Kirstie-Anne Donoghue, PCC Road Safety Officer; Dave Miller from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Darren Thomas, PCC Head of Highways and Construction, Sgt Aled Davies, Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator Jenny Hart, Bethan James from Dyfed Powys Police, Frank Hart from South Hook LNG, Rob Else from South Hook LNG, Cllr Wynne Evans, Hamad Al Samra from South Hook LNG, Phil Thompson, Ken Hurley from South Hook LNG, Barry Scott from the MCA, and Community Safety Manager Jeremy Trew from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
For further information, contact Anna Wilson, Press and Public Relations Officer on 01437 775855. The Council’s press releases are also available on the Authority’s website: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk