Safety Centre's latest newsletter is now out

Sun 1 Feb, 2015

The spring 2015 edition of Newsflash, the newsletter of the Safety Centre in Milton Keynes, is out now (you can open a PDF here).

Newsflash is produced with help from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, as part of the organisation’s support for the Kiln Farm-based charity, and printed by Thames Valley Police.

The Safety Centre – also known as Hazard Alley – is a purpose-built interactive education facility for children. It was opened in 1994 as a result of collaboration between BFRS and TVP, and is run by a board of trustees. One of the articles in the new edition announces the appointment of Julian Parsons, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Head of Service Delivery, to the board.

The newsletter also appeals for more volunteers to act as guides to show children around the Safety Centre’s 12 filmset-style scenarios. 

The Safety Centre has established itself as a ‘must do’ for schools seeking innovative ways of introducing children to elements of the National Curriculum, such as peer pressure, bullying, vandalism and personal safety. Since it opened, about 400,000 children have visited it. They learn about:

  • Fire safety
  • Home safety 
  • Building site safety
  • Road safety
  • Railway safety
  • Fuel station and in-car safety
  • Personal safety
  • Water safety
  • Farm safety
  • First aid and the recovery position
  • Shoplifting, crime and the consequences
  • Internet and chatroom safety
  • Vandalism
  • Drug awareness

The Safety Centre provides follow-up lessons for many of these topics. It also runs home safety sessions for parents, and a number of first aid courses.