Durham Fire Station Visit

Sun, 2000-11-05 00:00

A group of East Durham College students got to see first-hand what a career with the Fire & Rescue Service is all about.

The eight students, who are studying on a Uniformed Public Services course, got to spend a day at Durham Fire Station and witness what happens in the headquarters control room - where they got to see two live 999 calls being actioned.

Student Scott Mills, aged 19 from Wingate, said: “We had a great day. It was great fun using the fire-fighting equipment and learning about fire safety and what can happen if people drive after drinking or using drugs”.

The students were shown what happens when a crew starts on duty and also got the chance to get some hands-on experience with team building exercises and assembling and operating the fire fighting equipment and vehicles.

Simon Waggott, Watch Manager and Community Safety Officer, said: “It’s a real pleasure working with the students as they are very attentive and enthusiastic”.

The students also received lectures on a range of subjects including Home Fire Safety and Road Traffic Collision.

David Cuthbertson, the Youth Inclusion Assistant at Durham Fire and Rescue, explained: “Every day six people are killed on the roads in Great Britain of which three of them are 17 to 25 year old.

“The lectures and videos on RTCs are specifically aimed at the target group of 17 - 25 year olds, they aim to shock and create awareness of the dangers of reckless driving.”