Potentially life-saving scenarios for pupils at the Crucial Crew sessions. Pictures: Tony Jones

More than a thousand children from across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk learned valuable safety skills when they joined the Crucial Crew this week, led by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. 

Youngsters aged 10 and 11 from 48 schools took part in the event, held on Tuesday at Lynn’s North Fire Station in Kilham’s Way.

As well as learning about fire safety in real-life scenarios, children also took part in short workshops.

This year’s topics included warnings about fire safety, household emergencies, online safety, seaside safety, healthy relationships, alcohol and drug awareness, road safety and first aid.

Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the communities committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “Crucial Crew offers valuable life skills to our young people in a fun and interactive way and has been a huge success.”

Crucial Crew is a multi-agency project which has been running in Norfolk for 15 years. It helps children stay safe at home, in the community and online through two-hour fun and interactive sessions.

The event was supported by rotary volunteers from the town.