Be Cool Be Safe quiz

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The cover of the Be Cool Be Safe booklet

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service introduced the "Be Cool Be Safe" Safety Quiz targeting year 7 pupils across the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority area in 2002.

The overall objective of the quiz is to educate young people to become responsible citizens.

The subject matter encompasses a range of safety issues from our partners such as the road safety team, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, the Police, local drugs workers, Rail track and Connexions. In consultation with young people from local schools, a trendy new magazine was designed for every year 7 pupil within the county not only to help answer the quiz questions, but also to raise their awareness of personal safety.

Subjects covered are:

  • Bullying
  • Hoax calls
  • Issues relating to personal safety
  • Road safety
  • Safety in the home
  • Solvent abuse
  • Water safety

This project has cemented partnerships with senior schools and has allowed our organisation the opportunity to work within the National Curriculum. Many local senior schools are now incorporating the safety quiz within their timetable on an annual basis.

Since the introduction of the "Be cool Be safe" interactive quiz we have developed good working relationships with schools at Key stage 3 and during the last 4 years school participation has increased from 16 to 39. Thereby, increasing pupil participation from 935 to 4,725. Next year we will be working towards achieving our target to enroll every school.

Community Safety Partnerships have continued to endorse the magazine by financially supporting us to ensure we educate the children of today to become safer adults for the future.

Partnerships involved with the Be Cool Be Safe campaign
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2011 quiz winners

2011 Be Cool Be Safe quiz winners - Thomas Adams school, Wem

2011 Be Cool Be Safe fire quiz final winners are Thomas Adams School, Wem

Hundreds of Shropshire schoolchildren took part in this year's fire safety quiz resulting in one school being declared the winner out of 37 school entries. The 2011 Be Cool Be Safe fire quiz final winners are Thomas Adams School.

Quiz organizer Charlie Cartwright said: "It has been a truly wonderful event this year with 37 schools taking part in the original heats. The children have really enjoyed it and taken away some valuable, possibly lifesaving skills."

Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Redmond presented a cheque for up to £500 to the winning team to purchase sports equipment for their school. The winners received gift vouchers and medals.

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How to enter?

Order your free safety magazines and run a mini competition in your school to select the year 7 students to represent you. Take the challenge to win a top prize for your school and gift vouchers for the winning team members.

Equality and fairness ensures that all schools within Shropshire and the Borough of Telford & Wrekin area are invited to participate this includes all independent schools. An interactive IT lesson is available on this site to assist Teachers "Be Cool Be Safe" Interactive Quiz.

http://www.becoolbesafe.co.uk

Further information

charlie [dot] cartwright [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Charlie Cartwright) - Youth Officer
Telephone: 01743 260 263

chris [dot] page [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Chris Page) - Scheme Administrator
Telephone: 01743 260 254