Fire crews help spread message

Wayne Young, North Tyneside Council; Chloe Stephenson, Smyths Toys; Area Manager John Pratt, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS); Fatou Traore, Crew Manager Peter Hamil (TWFRS); and Lesley Barnes, ASDA Benton.

Wayne Young, North Tyneside Council; Chloe Stephenson, Smyths Toys; Area Manager John Pratt, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS); Fatou Traore, Crew Manager Peter Hamil (TWFRS); and Lesley Barnes, ASDA Benton.

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Artistic pupils have been honoured for their work in designing a new fire safety poster.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service held a competition to design a new poster on fire safety.

The poster competition is a fantastic way to promote this and an opportunity for all our students to participate.

Richardson Dees Primary School headteacher Susan Winter-Pattinson

And last week firefighters from Green Watch at Wallsend Community Fire Station visited Richardson Dees Primary School to present the winner and runners up in the poster competition.

As well as seeing their design on a fire engine, Easter eggs and toys were also presented after being donated by Asda in Benton and of Smyths Toys Wallsend.

Crew manager Peter Hamil, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “It has been fantastic to come along to the school recently to talk to the children about fire safety and they have showed such enthusiasm making pictures for our poster competition.

“We will be printing copies of the design to be displayed across schools, council offices and libraries across North Tyneside.”

Headteacher Susan Winter-Pattinson said: “The work of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is invaluable in helping our children take some responsibility for their own safety.

“Our pupils have really appreciated Peter Hamill’s regular visits to the school helping children understand the key messages of fire safety.”

“The poster competition is a fantastic way to promote this and an opportunity for all our students to participate.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service do an excellent job of promoting fire safety within our schools and pupils thoroughly enjoy their visits.

“I know this is true at Richardson Dees Primary School, too, where the children have really got behind this initiative.

“All of the posters are brilliant and Peter and his team have had a very difficult task selecting the winners.

“And what an exciting prize for the winner – having their design on the side of a fire engine. I look forward to seeing the children’s work displayed across the borough.”