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Education Team scoops Silver at the iESE transformation awards

Date : 10 March 2022


East Sussex Fire & Rescue’s (ESFRS) Education Team were awarded silver at the iESE transformation awards in London.

The annual awards celebrate innovative practices which transform public services and are open to all public services in the UK. Over 200 nominations were received this year.

Our Education Team achieved their award for the use of data insight to deliver outstanding results.

The ceremony which was held on Wednesday 9th March at Church House, Westminster was attended by ESFRS Partnership Manager, Sophie Hepworth, and ESFRS Education Officer, Darren Grover.

Adapting to Covid restrictions

Our Education Team adapted to Covid restrictions by delivering successful virtual safety lessons to schools throughout East Sussex, Brighton and Hove. The team are now back in schools and youth settings; and all sessions are delivered through evidence-based, child-centred, engaging education and intervention programmes. The team also work with young people to reduce the likelihood of fire setting, focusing on young people who have/ or are more vulnerable to engage in this behaviour.

Working in partnership

The team work in partnership with key agencies such as the NHS, Sussex Police, the RNLI and third sector organisations, creating and running sessions about knife crime, peer-pressure, water safety and road safety, as well as fire safety.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue were the first Fire Service to use data to target risk in this way, and other Services are now seeking to emulate both the evidence-driven approach and modular design of the lessons and the team have shared their resources through national channels for use by other Services.

Further information

Click here to find out more about our Education Team and find out more about booking a visit to your school.


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