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Heed the message.

With the six-week school summer holiday looming, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland fire services have launched a joint campaign to highlight the dangers of hoax calls and setting small deliberate fires.

Hoax calls and arson attacks made up a staggering 90% of emergency calls made to Tyne and Wear fire service last summer.

Firefighters are hoping to ram the message home to children about the implications of setting these small fires, which aren't just an unnecessary drain on resources but can also burn out of control, causing injury to the child, their friends, neighbours and family.

And it's the same with hoax calls; they're potentially life threatening as firefighters cannot be in two places at once and if they're attending a hoax call, they can't be at attendance when the real thing occurs.

It is vital the message gets through to the youngsters before a life is lost.

Top marks

IT'S a good reflection of the work being done in our schools that fewer children are being kicked out of the classroom for bad behaviour.

The number of permanent exclusions from UK schools is almost a quarter down ( a trend reflected here in the North East.

This encouraging reduction is in part thanks to council staff working closely with teachers and support staff.

Improving pupil behaviour and managing it more effectively is no mean feat. Our education system is often attacked so it is good to see initiatives like this working.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2004
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