Cleveland Fire BrigadePRIMARY school pupils from across Redcar and Cleveland were given important safety messages during a popular annual event.

Nearly 1,000 youngsters took part in Crucial Crew, a wide-ranging initiative which offers advice and support on everything from fire safety and not playing with electricity as well as the risks posed by railway lines and rivers.

Staff from various agencies, including Northern Powergrid and Cleveland Fire Brigade, put on practical demonstrations of the risks young people can face on a daily basis including a demonstration of what to do if there is a fire in the home.

As well as highlighting the risks of potential disasters, the event also had a section on maintaining healthy relationships and advice surrounding the often thorny issue of domestic abuse.

Organised by the Redcar & Cleveland Community Safety Partnership, Crucial Crew has been helping youngsters for more than 20 years.

Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Crucial Crew has been an important part of keeping our young people safe for more than two decades and I’m pleased to see that more pupils have been receiving important life lessons at the event.

“It is great to see that partners including the emergency services and Northern Powergrid have continued to support Crucial Crew, offering their expert advice and support to the borough’s young people to ensure they stay safe when enjoying everything Redcar and Cleveland has to offer.”