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. In addition to a tour of the station led by Station Manager, Alan Grant, nearly 70 Scouts from the 1st Brookwood, 6th Staines (Christchurch), 3rd Hampton, SL Oatlands, East Sheen, 7th Feltham Sea Scouts and 3rd Teddington Scout Groups participated in the live fire demonstrations from Chubb Fire Training Officer Kevin Farnborough, in order to complete their badge qualification.
Mayor of Spelthorne, Caroline Spencer was in attendance at both sessions to meet the Scouts and present them their certificates, alongside Nick Bolton, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s Education Officer.
To date, more than 74,000 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.”