The Oxford Times

Oxford’s fire station murals get message across

6:00pm Monday 18th March 2013 in News

Bright: Young artist Jordan Bonfield with firefighter William Savage and his daughter Holly.
Bright: Young artist Jordan Bonfield with firefighter William Savage and his daughter Holly.

MURALS spelling out safety messages have been unveiled at Oxford’s Rewley Road fire station.

A group of adult learners from the Oxfordshire Skills and Learning Service attended workshops with artist Dionne Barber as part of a project set up by Oxfordshire Fire Service’s Junior Citizens’ Trust.

Together with young artists, they were invited to create the murals illustrating life in Oxford and incorporating safety messages. The artworks have been painted across the walls at the Franklin Vermeulen Safety Centre, which is based at the fire station.

Members of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Cadets worked with the adult learners to design the murals, which were unveiled last week.

Young artist Jordan Bonfield, 11, from Wantage, joined firefighter William Savage, and his daughter Holly, six, pictured, to see the artwork unveiled.

Mr Savage, 37, from Wantage, said: “This is a great way to get people of all ages actively involved in getting the safety message across in a creative and engaging way. “We are constantly looking for ways to inform all sectors of the community about staying safe.”