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Date added: 28 February 2008

Kids learn fire safety 

Arson prevention scheme kicks off at Kingsdown School
 
Kingsdown School pupils learn fire safety in Swindon
All fired up:
pupils at Kingsdown School
prepare for 'Fire Watch'
Pupils from Kingsdown School spent the day conducting 'Fire Watch' on Friday, as part of a scheme organised by Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.
 
It is hoped the initiative - which will see children taking on responsibility for monthly checks of the school's premises - will help uncover potential arson hotspots.
 
The group of 12 students, aged 14-15 years, will also check for incidents of graffiti and vandalism.
 
An initial pilot scheme, supported by firefighters from Stratton Fire Station's Blue Watch and the Fire & Rescue Service's education office, will run until the summer.
 
Kingsdown's headteacher, Wendy Taylor, said: "I am delighted that we are piloting this Fire Watch scheme, as it is something that is of huge benefit to both the students and the wider community.
 
"I am confident that this project will be a great success."
 
Mel Turner-Wright
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