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Lichfield students win fire service media competition

Pupils from a Lichfield school are celebrating after winning a media award.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Media Challenge contest saw King Edward VI High School crowned overall winners as they beat off competition from 11 other schools across Staffordshire.

The winning King Edward VI Scool students

The winning King Edward VI School students

The overall title came after students had also scooped the Best News Report award.

Vicki Cox from King Edward VI School in Lichfield said:

“We are extremely proud of the children for winning the challenge. They worked as a team throughout the whole day and produced some fantastic pieces of work.

“It’s been an excellent experience for them all and it’s been a great day.”

The event saw students producing media reports about a major incident they got to witness first hand.

The scenario involved a man who was trapped inside his house which had been set deliberately alight by two criminals. Unable to escape from the fire, the male casualty was stuck on the balcony of his home and he passed out. The criminals then attacked a second male, who was left unconscious on the ground, as he attempted to rescue the man from his burning home. Upon the arrival of firefighters, paramedics and the police the criminals were arrested and the man was rescued from his home and taken to hospital.

After taking notes and filming the incidents, students then asked questions of firefighters, police officers and paramedics about what had taken place. They then produced a newspaper article, a radio broadcast and video clip based on what they had seen and the information they had been given.

Risk Reduction Officer from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, David Steele, added:

“The day was a huge success all of the young people showed great enthusiasm and yet again the quality of work produced by was astounding. It has given all of the youngsters a fantastic insight into how the various emergency services work together and it’s been a great learning experience for them.”

Each participant received a medal and the winners received individual shields, courtesy of fire safety equipment manufacturer Fire Angel.

Vicki Cox from King Edward VI School in Lichfield commented: “We are extremely proud of the children for winning the challenge. They worked as a team throughout the whole day and produced some fantastic pieces of work. It’s been an excellent experience for them all and it’s been a great day.”

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