03 March 2009>
Caerphilly Youth Service brought young people together recently, to help build positive relationships with the emergency services.
Staff from the Hub team, the section of Caerphilly County Borough Council's Youth Service that focuses on involving young people in community activities, teamed up with Abercarn Fire Station, Gwent Police and local fast response paramedics for an activity day.
During the visit to the fire station, the young people from Communities First areas throughout the borough had the opportunity to watch controlled fire demonstrations, have their blood sugar and blood pressure tested, watch a demonstration by the police dog handling team and take part in an interactive traffic cop talk.
There were various competitions running throughout the day that required everyone to work together in partnership, including Gwent Police and Abercarn Fire Fighters when the youths were split into teams for a fire hose rolling competition.
Abercarn Community Fire Safety Officer Martin Hughes said, "It was fantastic to be able to work in partnership with the Hub team, the police and the paramedics to raise young people's community safety awareness in a fun and exciting way."
Caerphilly County Borough Council, Gwent Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are all key partner agencies of the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership.
The multi agency organisation, which also incorporates Caerphilly teaching Local Health Board and Gwent Police Authority, works to reduce levels of crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime in the local area.
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