The badge requires Scouts to understand what causes a fire, how to call the Fire Brigade, how to understand fire blanket and extinguisher usage, as well as fire safety for the home. The 30 Scouts from the 1st Highworth Redlands, 1st Hatherley, 1st Bourton-on-the-water and 2nd Cirencester Scout Groups participated in a live fire demonstration from Chubb Fire Training officer Andy Hicks.
Since part of the Badge requires Scouts to be able to recognise various fire extinguishers, and know what kinds of fire they should be used on, the demonstration offered the Scouts a unique hands-on experience, with the opportunity to try using fire extinguishers and fire blankets on a live fire in a controlled environment.
To date, more than 65,000 Scouts have received the Chubb Fire Safety Badge, making it one of the most popular of all scouting badges. In 2007 Chubb Fire renewed its three-year sponsorship deal with The Scout Association, including the provision of new educational literature and posters, to more than 7,200 local Scout Troops across the UK, as well as practical help from the company’s nationwide network of offices and engineers.
Jane Garland, Chubb Fire’s Marketing Communication Manager, explains: “Our expertise in the field of fire safety means that we can really offer The Scout Association some practical assistance in running the scheme. Each year our engineers service over four million extinguishers in the UK and we are keen to get involved in working with the Scouts and the community on a local level.”
Jane added: “The importance of fire safety simply cannot be emphasised enough, it is a sad fact that almost 13,500 people are killed or injured each year in fires in the UK, which very often are preventable. The Fire Safety Badge offers the Scouts some invaluable advice on fire prevention, detection and escape routes should a fire break out, so it is great to see so many young people participating in this badge, and hopefully taking away some vital knowledge to help keep them safe from fire in years to come.”