Students Visit Durham Fire Station

Tue, 2001-02-20 00:00

A group of East Durham College students got up close and personal with the dangers of fire and learnt about the harsh realities of road traffic collisions.

33 students, who are studying Catering and Hospitality at the College’s Peterlee Campus, spent the day at Durham Fire Station where they got the chance to wear protective clothing, extinguish real fires and take part in team building exercises involving the assembling and operating of fire fighting equipment.

Student Liam Baird, aged 16 from Seaham, said: “I really enjoyed the visit to the fire station, I have learnt how to use a fire extinguisher and now I would feel more confident if a fire were to break out in the kitchen.

“I really enjoyed the exercise where we were using the hose, even though I got soaked!”

The students also received lectures and were shown videos on a range of subjects including home fire safety and road traffic collisions.

Student Kimberley Baker, aged 16 from Hartlepool, added: “The presentation and the videos we watched have made me realise how important it is to check fire alarms at home and also to wear a seatbelt in the car.”

Mick Lawler, Community Support Officer at Durham Fire and Rescue, explained “Our aim is to create awareness, so young people know how to keep themselves safe in these types of situations.

“Often the young people are shocked at the videos we show them on RTCs. This is important as it makes them realise the harsh consequences of dangerous driving.”