Border pupils learn important safety messages

Pupils from across the Scottish Borders have been learning how to cope in emergency situations.

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Safety training for children

Would you know how to react if your friend collapsed from too much drink or if a fire broke out in you living room? Those are just some of the scenarios children have been taught how to deal with at a safety event in the Scottish Borders.

Primary seven pupils from the region have also been learning about water safety, farm safety and ahead of the re-introduction of the Borders Railway, rail safety.

Jenny Longden reports.

Safety scenarios for Border pupils

Children in the Scottish Borders have been learning important safety messages during life-like scenarios.

The Crucial Crew event has been teaching more than a thousand children about fire, rail and water safety among other key messages. It's hoped that by acting out dangerous situations, children will remember the best way to respond.

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Border pupils learn important safety messages

Pupils from across the Scottish Borders have been learning how to cope in emergency situations.

1,200 pupils have taken part in Crucial Crew 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the three-week long learning event is designed to help them cope with dangerous situations, remain safe, learn social responsibility, work as a team and understand the roles of the emergency services and other agencies.

This is achieved by setting up a number of scenarios or sets. The children are faced with potential hazards, in strictly controlled circumstances, and are required to respond as they would in ‘real-life’

At the conclusion of each ten minute set, the agency staff provide a short de-brief explaining the relevant dangers and appropriate ways of dealing with them.

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