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1 NOVEMBER 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15717

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Pupils from Hecklegirth Primary School were presented with a trophy in recognition of their efforts at the recent Operation Safety event.

The ‘hands-on’ annual event delivered by the Fire Service, Police and other agencies aims to offer P7 pupils from across the region vital safety skills and knowledge, that will help to keep them safe as they transfer to secondary school and beyond.

This year’s event also saw the introduction of a Countryside Safety activity delivered by Forestry Commission Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service. 

Pupils were challenged to complete an obstacle course without incurring penalties for making unsafe decisions such as not putting on a bike helmet, leaving gates open or failing to let someone know where they were going.

The winning group from Hecklegirth Primary not only got around the course in a fast time, but also more importantly did not receive any penalties.

Robin Fuller, Community and Education Ranger with Forestry Commission Scotland said:

 “As all residents of Dumfries and Galloway will be aware, we are incredibly lucky to live amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland.  However, it is important to remember that accidents can happen and anyone heading out should always heed warning signs, be prepared for the weather and act responsibly.”

Ross Gemmell, Volunteers and Communities Ranger with Dumfries and Galloway Council added:

“This event was an opportunity for P7 pupils to learn about outdoor safety and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code through a fun activity.  Hopefully they will remember the advice next time they are out in the countryside and pass it on to friends and family.”

Note to news editors

Photo opportunity at Hecklegirth Primary during the presentation of the trophy during assembly at 11.00am on Monday 5th November.  Contact Ms Wilson, Headteacher on 01461 202606.

Media enquiries to Robin Fuller, Community and Education Ranger, Forestry Commission Scotland.  Tel: 07919 044382.

e-mail: robin.fuller@forestry.gsi.gov.uk