A long-running safety project teaching children vital skills has been launched online by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Every year, hundreds of West Norfolk youngsters aged 10 and 11 attend Crucial Crew sessions at King’s Lynn fire station.

The workshops are run by the fire service, Norfolk County Council and Rotary clubs in Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market and offer advice about fire, water, electrical, online and beach safety, plus first aid and other skills.

Only one event in the county has been able to take place this year due to the pandemic, so Crucial Crew is moving online.

County council Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “As we are currently unable to meet with children face-to-face, our staff and partner agencies have put together online content for Crucial Crew. These fun educational resources will be useful to teachers and parents in helping children of all ages to learn about everyday dangers in an age appropriate way.” 

Crucial Crew resources include first aid videos produced by St John Ambulance, interactive games on electrical safety by UK Power Networks and advice from the Royal Life Saving Society UK on staying safe in the water.

 There are also videos about online safety, sexting, stranger danger, anti-bullying and gaming from Norfolk Police.

Norfolk’s chief fire officer Stuart Ruff said: “While it doesn’t replace the interaction we have face-to-face with our communities, our online Crucial Crew allows us to continue working with teachers and parents to help educate children across Norfolk about lots of different safety issues.

“Crucial Crew has successfully educated more than 60,000 Norfolk children since it was launched and by making the resources accessible online, we hope parents and teachers can continue to support our desire to keep Norfolk and its residents as safe as possible.”

As well as home safety tips and road safety advice, the fire service website also has a Kids’ Zone with a range of educational games and materials. 

There is also a free competition to design a fire safety poster which closes on Tuesday, 30 June. See www.norfolk.gov.uk/fire for the full details. 

To access the online Crucial Crew, go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/crucialcrew