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Year Six pupils from Heronswood Primary School in Kidderminster have been crowned winners of this year’s Young Citizens Challenge 2016, for the Wyre Forest area.

About 1,100 students took part in the challenge, which was jointly organised by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) and West Mercia Police.

During the challenge, the participating teams were faced with a number of mock scenarios, each designed to highlight a different aspect of safety.  Wyre Forest District Council ranger service, Western Distribution and the Safer Roads Partnership were also involved in this year’s initiative, held at Stourport Sports Club in June. 

H&WFRS used the smoke house to highlight fire safety issues while internet safety was promoted by West Mercia Police. Western Distribution used the challenge to highlight safety near electricity sub stations to the young people taking part, while the Safer Roads Partnership raised awareness of stopping distances and SARA concentrated on water safety and water based rescues.

On Thursday 7th July, Head Boy Daniel Simms and Head Girl Rosey Millward attended a prestigious community evening at Kidderminster Town hall - to be presented with the Young Citizens Challenge shield.  They were honoured to be representing the Year Six children of Heronswood. 

Mrs Simms, Daniel’s Mum brimmed, “I am so proud of my son and his peers – this is a fantastic reflection of what a great group of children they are.”

Caroline Webster, community safety advisor for H&WFRS praised all the teams that took part: “As always, the youngsters worked hard at the challenges set for them, taking on board the key safety message from each activity. On behalf of the fire service, the police and all the organisations involved in this year’s challenge, I’d like to congratulate each team for a tremendous effort, particularly the winning team from Heronswood Primary School.”