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EMERGENCY services will take a special call at St John’s College next week to teach young schoolchildren about the dangers of fire and other safety issues.

The visits form part of the Southsea school’s week-long ‘Infants Keep Safe Week’ programme that focuses on child safety for its two to seven-year-olds in a fun and friendly way.

Children will have the chance to jump on board a Hampshire Fire Service engine while firefighters explain the importance of fire safety.

And they will also be able to quiz Southsea-based police community support officer Lucinda Whittingham about her job and what they can do to make sure they stay safe in the streets.

Claire Davies, head of pre-prep at St John’s, said: ‘One of the reasons for Infant Keep Safe Week is to introduce children to the emergency services at an early stage in a fun and relaxed way.

‘It is important that children aren’t scared of service men and women, and feel that if they need to, they can approach them for help.’