US, UK train future responders

Students participating in the Crucial Crew event take notes of what they see in a vehicle during one scenario at Mildenhall Stadium, England, March 8, 2018. The Crucial Crew event focused on teaching children essential safety and life-saving skills while highlighting preventative safety measures to employ in day to day activities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Students align themselves next to training manikins at the Crucial Crew event at the Mildenhall Stadium, England March 7, 2018. The training manikins were used as an aide to equip the students with the life-saving skill of resuscitation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

A volunteer Airman disguised as a burglar, observes a group of children from a distance at the Crucial Crew event at the Mildenhall Stadium, England, March 8, 2018. The exercise aimed to raise the situational awareness of the students by introducing a predatory element into the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

A police community support officer teaches a child how to call the emergency operators in the event of an emergency at the Crucial Crew event at the Mildenhall Stadium, England, March 7, 2018. The children were taught the basics of reporting an emergency by taking note of important facts, such as locations and clothing of suspects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

A child compresses the chest of a dummy at the Crucial Crew event at the Mildenhall Stadium, England March 7, 2018. Every child was given the opportunity to receive hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation training at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

Paul Wood, a Mildenhall community first responder, demonstrates how to asses an unconscious victim before administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the Crucial Crew event at the Mildenhall Stadium, England March 7, 2018. Volunteers from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Services, police community support officers and Mildenhall community responders came together to teach children a variety of safety skills at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

A volunteer Airman runs from a police community support officer at the Crucial Crew event at the Mildenhall Stadium, England March 8, 2018. The Airman volunteered to play the role of a burglar at the event to provide a visual aide for the students in aide of how to react if they witness a burglary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

A member of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service examines the Fire Experience Unit at the Crucial Crew event at the Mildenhall Stadium, England March 7, 2018. The Fire Experience Unit facilitated a realistic fire and smoke experience to allow the children the opportunity to use critical-thinking skills in their response. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England- --

Liberty Wing volunteers joined local first responders to educate children on a variety of survival skills and safety issues March 7-8 at Mildenhall Stadium, England.

The 22nd annual Crucial Crew event allowed more than 500 year-six students from schools across Forest Heath District to work through emergency scenarios with certified community first responders and police community support officers.

“I am here to show you how to preserve life and how to react when you find someone that is hurt,” said Mary Marshall, a mildenhall community first responder. “More importantly, I want to show you how to prevent yourself from getting hurt.”

The first responders shared life-saving advice by simulating eight dangerous situations. Internet safety, situational awareness exercises and cardiopulmonary resuscitation were among the vital lessons taught to the youngsters.

“Knowing exactly what to do when you find someone unresponsive on the pavement, could be the difference between life and death,” said Marshall.

Airmen chaperoned the children through the Fire Experience Unit and played the part of offenders in burglary scenarios.

“I wanted to volunteer for this to give back to the local community,” said Senior Airman Joseph M. Blessing, a security forces member assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron. “I think of how the kids will share what they are learning with others to continue the cycle of safety awareness.”

The fun and interactive scenarios were tailored to challenge the critical-thinking skills of the young attendees, while highlighting real life situations.

“The hands-on experience the children get at the event is more effective than classroom briefings,” said an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 48th Operations Support Squadron.

According to Staff. Sgt. Aaron F. Scofield, company fire officer assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, it’s great to have a partnership with the Liberty Wing’s British counterparts and collaborating with them on initiatives that concern children’s safety is second nature.

“We are excited to get volunteers from RAF Lakenheath because the base is a part of our community,” said Wanda Betts, vice chair of the Forest Heath Crime Prevention Panel. “If one child takes what they’ve learned here and is able to apply it in the future, we have succeeded”.