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Kids teach BSL to firefighters

Words by Abi Scaife

Children from two deaf schools have come together to teach firefighters British Sign Language.

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When the Newcastle Central Community Fire Station visited these schools, they asked about basic signs that would be useful for them to know.

From here, the schools had the idea to create an informative video for firefighters, and even had another visit where some of the kids got to help the firefighters in person.

What are the signs that they learned?

The most important words and phrases that firefighters learned were:

  1. Where is the fire?
  2. How many people inside?
  3. Mum and Dad.
  4. Stay calm.
  5. Do not worry.
  6. Grandma and Grandad.
  7. Are you hurt?
  8. Follow me.
  9. Dog and cat.
  10. Stop.
  11. I will help.
  12. Wait here.

It’s great to see more people thinking about inclusion and safety measures for those who are deaf or hard of hearing!

This week, from 1st-7th May, is Deaf Awareness Week 2023. If you would like to support the deaf and hard-of-hearing community during this week, you can do so by getting involved with the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

RNID. This is a national hearing loss charity that aims to make life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus. Find out more here.

British Deaf Association. The BDA is the UK's leading membership organisation and registered charity led by Deaf people, for Deaf people. Support them here.

Sign Health. A deaf health charity, improving Deaf people's health and wellbeing including mental health challenges, domestic abuse, and more. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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