Primary School Programme, Community Fire Safety, Danesfort National School, May 2007
The official launch of the primary school programme in Kilkenny County will take place in Danesfort National School on Friday 4th May 2007 at 11:00am the launch will be attended by the Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Director of Services, John Mulholland and the Chief Fire Officer, Ciaran Cormican.
Sub-Officer Walter Wallace and fire fighters Kieran Howley, Andy Ramsbottom, and Ger Griffin all of Kilkenny City Fire Rescue Brigade, will be presenting the 'Safety Team' programme to these students.
Hundreds of third class students attending the 80 no. primary schools in Kilkenny City & County are set to receive, on an annual basis, a fire safety awareness lesson courtesy of Kilkenny Fire Rescue Service. The information sessions form part of a nationwide programme entitled 'Safety Team' which has been designed to enhance the level of awareness of fire safety in the home and to raise the level of understanding of fire safety in the community. It is to be delivered by firefighters, which involves a shift in their focus from response to fire prevention.
The programme will be delivered to all primary schools in Kilkenny city & county who accept the fire services offer to present the lesson. Kilkenny Fire Rescue Service has seven retained Fire Rescue Brigades located in Kilkenny City, Castlecomer, Freshford, Urlingford, Thomastown, Callan and Graiguenamanagh. Most members of the brigades are employed on a temporary part-time retained basis. The total number of firefighters in the County is sixty-eight. Ten permanent staff, with technical and administrative roles, manages the Fire Rescue Service from the headquarters in Kilkenny City. Over the school year, the Fire Service will be contacting each primary school to arrange a suitable date and time for the 'Safety Team' talk.