The badge required 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, 43 Scouts from the 1st Pudsey, Tickhill, Heavy Woollen and 31st Wakefield (St Anne’s) Groups participated in a live fire demonstration from Chubb Fire Training officer Peter Nicol, in order to complete their badge. West Yorkshire’s Community Fire Safety Officer, Trevor Wainwright, also gave the Scouts the dramatic bonus of seeing the dangers of pouring water on to a cooking oil fire.
To date, more than 60,000 Scouts have received the Chubb Fire Safety Badge, making it one of the most popular of all scouting badges. Last year 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 Communications Director, 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 over 13,000 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, 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.”