Scilly’s Youngsters Learn About Emergency Services

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The youngest members of the community spent last week learning about the emergency services.

It was part of National Child Safety Week and Early Years Leader, Meriel King, says it was a chance for the under-fours to get them familiar with people around them who can help in an emergency.

On Tuesday, local paramedics Wayne Davey and Tony Smith brought an ambulance to the Children’s Centre and showed them how to bandage a doll.

While on Wednesday, the youngsters visited the fire station, where fireman Rob Carrier let them sit in the engine and use a fire hose to clean the vehicle.

Meriel says the children are familiar with the emergency services from programmes like Fireman Sam, but seeing things like a real fire engine can be a very different experience.

In particular, they can get overwhelmed by the flashing lights and sirens, she says, but it also teaches them who they need to contact in an emergency.

The feedback has been fantastic, with mums and dads saying the children woke up early on the day of the visit to the fire station because they were so excited.

Meriel’s hoping to organise something similar next year, possibly with the RNLI and Coastguard joining in too.

And she says demand for the sessions has been so high that she may even arrange another one beforehand, for the children that missed last week’s.