West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has teamed up with award winning theatre company,
Performance in Education, to deliver a hard-hitting fire safety production.
“Flashpoint” addresses issues surrounding youth arson and anti-social behaviour and will be showcased
across the Wakefield district as a pilot.
Year 7 pupils will watch the theatre show, specially written to illustrate the risks and potentially life-changing results of playing with fire. The production encourages them to challenge risk-taking actions as pupils get the chance to talk directly to the characters, confront their attitudes and agree safe standards of behaviour.
The use of theatre and interactive workshops to address these issues has seen a reduction in incidents of
arson in other parts of the country as Performance in Education Creative Manager, Mike Ingham, explained.
He said: “Theatre gives us a chance to show characters and situations that young people can recognise. The
performance makes a real impact in schools and initiates realistic changes in behaviour.”
Ten schools across the Wakefield district area will be taking part in the project.
Building links with local schools is a priority for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) as explained by Wakefield District Prevention Manager, Jayne Dando.
She said: “Working with young people to help them stay safe, respect their communities and understand the
serious risks of arson is a crucial element of our work at the Fire and Rescue Service. This is a fantastic
opportunity for our schools to be at the forefront of community safety.”
The project comes to schools between October 20 and 24.