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Cleveland Youngsters Take Part in Duke of Cornwall Awards

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Young people from across Cleveland will get a taste of how they can assist in a major incident as part of their Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Awards.

Fifty young people aged between 12 and 18 years old from the Scouts, Girl Guides, Police Cadets and local schools will come together with local agencies from the Local Resilience Forum to be involved in a mock emergency situation.

Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, British Red Cross, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and the Local Resilience Forum will all be involved in the exercise on Saturday 21st March at the Tactical Training Centre at Urlay Nook, a state of the art firearms training facility.

HRH The Prince of Wales established The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Awards in 2012 after a visit to Cornwall in 2010 which had been hit by severe flooding.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Giving young people the chance to get involved in major incidents to see how the emergency services work together and to allow them to learn new skills is an ideal opportunity for them and a fantastic experience.”

The youngsters will learn of the emergency scenario on the day and will be given the chance to work in groups.

Acting Chief Constable and Chair of the Local Resilience Forum, Iain Spittal, said: “This exercise provides local young people the opportunity to learn what to do in emergency situations such as severe weather, pandemics or power cuts. It will inform the youth organisations to effectively engage in the recovery effort, as is often the case in other countries during major community emergencies.

“By the end of the day the youngsters will have a greater understanding of the mechanics of agencies responding to a major incident and how they can be of assistance. They will then be presented with their Duke of Cornwall Awards.”

 

Posted on Friday 20th March 2015
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