EKFB is working in a semi-rural environment across four counties from Great Missenden in The Chilterns to Southam in Warwickshire. This means, EKFB is often working very close to local communities and its people.
In demonstrating its values of respecting people and places, EKFB is on a mission to support its neighbours the best it can. One example of this took place in March when EKFB, alongside its contractor BKJV (Bauer Keller Joint Venture) and a number of local health and emergency services, co-hosted a safety day at Chipping Warden Academy in Northamptonshire.
The safety of its people, workplaces and construction sites is EKFBs number one priority as it builds the next generation railway, and it doesn’t stop there; educating the next generation is also important.
One hundred children aged four to 11 took part in the interactive learning day spending time with EKFB, county Police, the RNLI, the Fire Rescue Service and BKJV. The theme for the day was focused on ‘Stay Safe Be Seen’, which was shown through various exercises using police cars and a lorry to help the children learn the importance of knowing blind spots.
The children were also taught about water safety and fire hazards as well as getting to ask questions to the local services. To support with this EKFB commissioned kids sized high vis jackets and digger stress toys as giveaways to help with the educational side of safety.
EKFBs Skills, Employment and Education team supported the event. SEE Advisor, Rebecca Rowley commented on the day, saying: “It was great to see so many organisations coming together to support the event and introduce the whole school to a wide range of careers.”
The Academy appreciated the efforts made in coordinating the event, a spokesperson said: "Thank you for coming to Chipping Warden Primary Academy and hosting our Be Safe, Be Seen Safety Day. The children had a brilliant time and many of our parents have commented on how they couldn’t stop talking about the day when they got home. When they returned to school the next day, they came in proud to be carrying their new BKJV water bottles and pencil cases so we know they really appreciated their ‘Goodie bags’ reminding them of the day. It was great you were able to involve other local organisations to assist with delivering key safety messages. The day was a huge success, certainly a day to remember! Thank you!"
BKJV Logistics Manager, Ryan Easom, also said: “The event was a great success, and everyone helped make it a great day for the children. All the children and staff were very engaged by the activities - a credit to the school. Thank you, Chipping Warden Primary Academy. For all the people that attend the day, thank you for giving your time to deliver some great messages.”