Safe space . . . Senior constable Steve Heyrick, Road User Safety advisor Maureen Deuchrass and a group of children had a lot of fun at the Clued Up Kids event held at the Gore Town and Country club last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Children were given the opportunity to get acquainted with the region’s first responders last week.

Clued Up Kids was organised by the Gore Police, Emergency Management and Public Health South.

It was a programme aimed to instil resilience and confidence in pupils from years 5 and 6.

Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, of Gore, said about 150 pupils had attended.

The children enjoyed themselves while learning about safety.

“They were engaged and enthusiastic to learn new skills or refresh skills they had learnt while having fun,” she said

Some of the practical activities pupils took part in included what to do in an earthquake or fire, how to do CPR and the importance of seatbelt safety.

Children also learnt ways to deal with emotional issues, such as how to build resilience after failure.

Organisations who were involved included Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John, Riverton Coastguard, Head Injury Society, Road Safety, Southland LandSAR and Hokonui Huanui youth workers.