“A Night to Remember” – new fire safety film premieres across WalesPosted
The three fire and rescue services in Wales have been working in collaboration to create a new fire safety film which is due to premiere in schools across the country this autumn.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service came together with South Wales and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services to concentrate on ways of targeting young people in schools in a bid to reduce the number of fires and improve fire safety, be it in the home, outside, accidental or deliberate fires.
After months of concerted development work, a collection of innovative new educational resources is being launched in schools across Wales this autumn.
The resources include new workbooks and storyboards to aid in fire safety education, and the three fire and rescue services have been working closely with North Wales based TV company Cwmni Da in order to create the fire safety film which tackles a number of issues which have given rise to concerns to emergency services in the past.
The ‘A Night to Remember’ video will be targeted at KS3/ KS4 year old audiences from October onwards. The hard hitting film will address a variety of common issues amongst those in this age group, such as underage drinking, peer pressure, the effects of social media, bullying and reckless behaviour.
Speaking on behalf of all three Welsh fire and rescue services, Senior Fire Safety Manager at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Stuart Millington said: “This project recognises that it is not only a duty on us as fire and rescue services to tackle fire safety issues, but also to address other antisocial problems such as underage drinking, peer pressure, and the effects of social media - all topics which are highlighted in this new DVD.
“Our educationalists worked closely with Cwmni Da to create the film which we will be used in Key Stage 3 and 4 classrooms across Wales, giving an insight not only into the dangers of reckless behaviour and deliberate fire setting, but also to what the consequences of these actions are, and how they affect the lives of people involved.”
The new DVD was launched on the 21st October with Year 9, St David’s High School, Saltney.
"We feel very privileged to be involved in such a worthwhile project and hope that the message will get through to as many pupils across Wales as possible." Mr Chris Usher- Headteacher "The film itself was very hard hitting but so worthwhile and important. The fact that it has young Welsh actors in it means that all secondary school pupils can relate to it in some way." Mrs Hollie McFarlane- KS3 Learning Manager "I thought the film was excellent and that EVERY pupil should see it because it shows just how dangerous fire and reckless behaviour can be" Ryleah Green- Year 9 pupil SDHS