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Lincoln students plan for action in an emergency

A group of Lincoln students are ready for an emergency after spending the day with Lincolnshire County Council’s Emergency Planning Unit.

Year 9 students from the Priory City of Lincoln Academy have been learning about emergency planning and thinking how their campus could be used as a community evacuation centre.

Representatives from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue demonstrated how they plan, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue demonstrated how the team plans for emergencies.
Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue demonstrated how the team plans for emergencies.

Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “This project has been designed to raise young people’s awareness of emergencies and community resilience, so they know what to expect.

“In the worst case scenario, we may need to provide shelter and support to a large number of people who have to evacuate their homes.

“This is where we would benefit from the schools and academies assistance as evacuation centres.”

Students learned how to transform their campus into a safe place for the community.
Students learned how to transform their campus into a safe place for the community.

Dave Hackett, head of geography and specialist leader of education at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy, said: “Our students have carefully considered the needs of the local community in their plans, including vulnerable residents and people from different ethnic backgrounds.

“Their ideas really made the most of our facilities and included where people could receive first aid, sleep, cook a meal and even look after their pets!”