Pupils eager to act like firefighters
PUPILS often learn from a young age that Fireman Sam is the hero next door.
But this mantle has been taken up by a group of fearless youngsters at a school near Castle Cary.
Pupils at Lovington Primary School were quick to volunteer to pull on the jackets and helmets during Friday's visit from firefighter Nicky Gundry.
She dropped into the school to teach students all about the risks posed by fire and how to minimise the risk of its dangers.
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Teaching assistant Jenny Simmonds believed the day was an important one for the young pupils.
She said: "Nicky spent time with all of the children, who were particularly excited when they were allowed to pull on the uniform and jump on board her Land Rover.
"She then showed them videos about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters, and the importance of having an escape plan.
"I think they all learnt a lot of life skills while having a bit of fun. Having Nicky here brought the very serious issue to life.
"It's so important to teach children about these dangers at an early age, and hopefully they took the lessons they learnt home to their families too."
The memorable visit follows the school's annual health and safety week, which was held before pupils broke up for the summer holidays.