The badge requires Scouts to understand what causes a fire, how to call the Fire Brigade, how to understand fire blanket and fire extinguisher usage, as well as fire safety for the home. Scouts from 15th Norwich Air Scouts and 1st Belton Scout Groups participated in a live fire demonstration from Chubb Fire Training officer Gary Wright, in order to complete their badge qualification. Local Fire Risk Officer and Station Manager David Lambard then gave them a tour of the station, and fire fighters gave the Scouts a chance at target practice at traffic cones with the fire engine’s hose.
To date, more than 50,000 Scouts have passed the Chubb Fire Safety Badge, making it one of the most popular of all scouting badges. Chubb Fire has recently 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.
Suzanne Donovan, Chubb Fire’s Marketing and Communications Director, explains: “Our expertise in the field of fire safety means that we can really offer the Scouts some practical assistance in running the scheme. Each year our engineers service over four million fire extinguishers in the UK and we are keen to get involved in working with the Scouts and the community on a local level.”
Suzanne added: “The importance of fire safety simply cannot be emphasised enough, it is a sad fact that over 18,000 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, fire 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.”