Children taught how to dial 999

Pictured L to R - Helen Chadwick - Fire, PCSO Sarah Cartlidge, Gina Booth - Teacher, Nic Gunn - Ambulance service, front row pupils at Crescent Academy

A new video has been launched designed to educate youngsters in Staffordshire on how to make a 999 call.

It comes as children prepare to break up from school for the summer holidays.

The video, which has been jointly launched by West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, is aimed at children aged four to seven, with the emphasis being on what to do if they ever find themselves having to dial 999.

It features ‘Lookout Lion’ who needs to call for the help following a car crash outside his house. But does he know the number to dial? The location of the emergency? And can he stay calm enough to answer all of the questions from the operator which will ensure help is arranged as quickly as possible?

It ends with a message to parents about the importance of teaching children how to call 999 and the kind of things they can expect to be asked if doing so. It is also hoped that it will be used by schools as a way of educating children about the work of the emergency services and how they are there to help.

Pupils at the Crescent Academy in Meir were the first to see the new video.

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