12/05/2016

Youngsters Again Take Part in Duke of Cornwall Awards

Young people from across Cleveland will again get a taste of how they can assist in a major incident as part of their Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Awards.

Following on from last year’s event in which fifty young people aged between 12 and 18 years old from the Scouts, Girl Guides, Police Cadets and local schools came together with local agencies from the Local Resilience Forum to be involved in a mock emergency situation, a second event will take place this Saturday 14th May.

Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, British Red Cross, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and the Local Resilience Forum will all be involved in the exercise at the Tactical Training Centre at Urlay Nook, a state of the art firearms training facility.

HRH The Prince of Wales established The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Awards in 2012 after a visit to Cornwall in 2010 which had been hit by severe flooding.

Temporary Chief Constable and Member of the Local Resilience Forum, Iain Spittal, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to run this event again this year as it provides an invaluable opportunity for young people to learn about how to assist in emergency situations such as severe weather, pandemics or power cuts.

“The young people will hopefully come out of the day with knowledge of how to effectively engage in the recovery effort, as is often the case in other countries during major community emergencies, and they will have a greater understanding of the mechanics of different agencies responses to a major incident. They will then be presented with their Duke of Cornwall Awards.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “For the youngsters involved to be able to come together and work alongside each other to learn about their role in an emergency scenario is a really good experience and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to offer this opportunity to the youngsters again this year.

“Last year the feedback told us that those involved thoroughly enjoyed the day and I hope for the same again this Saturday.”

The youngsters will learn of the emergency scenario on the day and will be given the chance to work in groups alongside a number of emergency services.