Canklow Wood Primary School receives “red hot” award

Children from one Rotherham school have shown that they’re “red hot” when it comes to fire safety

Safety-conscious kids form Canklow Woods Primary School have joined the "Junior Fire Crew", a project which allows them to interact with Rotherham's Fire Service, who helped raise awareness of safety in the school building and grounds.

Rotherham's Fire Service visited the school's breakfast club each week and also read with the children one afternoon a week to help educate the kids about the dangers of fire and what to do in emergency situations.?Thanks to the success of the project, the school was awarded the "South Yorkshire Fire and rescue Awards Best Education partner" award at a recent ceremony at Magna.

Executive Head Teacher, John Henderson, said: "The teachers and staff here believe that the fire fighters are excellent role models and we've already seen that the project is highly effective. Since we've been working with the fire service the amount of deliberate small fires in the area has decreased substantially.?"The children look forward to the visits from the fire crew, particularly when they bring the fire engines and it's obvious that the children look up to them and really take in what they have to say.?"We'd like to thank the fire service for all their work on this project, it's benefitted the children no end and receiving the award has made it all the more better, it's really rewarded the hard work the kids have put in."

Councillor for the Boston Castle ward, where the school is based, Mahroof Hussain, added: "What a fantastic project. The kids and fire service have both shown amazing dedication in raising awareness over fire safety issues and it's already paying massive dividends. The award has shown the kids that achieving is better then mischief making and it's fantastic that they have been awarded it. Seeing the excitement and pride on their faces showed me that they have really enjoyed the project and hopefully it will continue long into the future."