Firefighter visit sparks youngsters interest in fire safety

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Wicketz participants had their interest in fire safety sparked during a visit from Avon Fire and Rescue.

Four firefighters from the service dropped into the Southmead and Knowle hubs to take part in the cricket and  give an insight into their day to day work.

Crispin Shingler, Wicketz Bristol development officer said: “Ben, Kurt, Genevieve and Phil from the Avon Fire and Rescue Service surprised the children at the extent of services they offer outside of putting out fires and saving lives.  There were several interactive discussions about what to do if a there was a fire which were brilliantly informative and highlighted to the Wicketz participants the dangers of playing with fire and being near a fire.

After the safety talk, the Avon Fire and Rescue Service were put through their paces in a game of cricket, with one of the fire team wearing their full fire safety uniform.  After the game, the Wicketz participants were asked what they remembered about how to stay safe in the event of a fire, and the phrases  including ‘Stop Drop and Roll’, ‘Fire Fire Fire’, ‘Get Outside’ and ‘Call 999’ were clearly embedded in their minds.

Kurt Hunt of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service said:

We really enjoyed engaging with the children at this session. The value of working with small groups meant we could fully engage with the children and ensure we were doing what we could to break down barriers.  It was great that we were able to achieve early intervention with these children and pass on skills and knowledge they will be able to continue to develop throughout their lives. - Kurt Hunt

Wicketz provides free cricket sessions to girls and boys aged 8 – 16.  For more information, please contact Crispin Shingler on 07398 211 596 or email

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