Students get fired up for service role

Andy Pogson, Sarah Higgins, Jade Bridges, Dave Smith
Andy Pogson, Sarah Higgins, Jade Bridges, Dave Smith

STUDENTS considering a career in uniformed service have been learning more about fire-fighting.

A group of Uniformed and Public Services students from Northumberland College took a trip to Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters near Cramlington to find out first-hand about its work.

They learnt about the different types of incidents attended by firefighters, such as search and rescue operations and road traffic collisions, and took part in practical activities, including the safe use of hoses and pumps and cutting up an old car using hydraulic tools.

Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “We are delighted that our ongoing partnership with the college is delivering real benefits to students as they learn more about the emergency services. As part of the county council, we recognise the value of investing in our young people as they develop their skills and can also spread the safety message on our behalf.”

The service was a sponsor of the college’s recent awards’ ceremony at Kirkley Hall, where prizes included £50 for Student of the Year Sarah Higgins, and £25 for Highly Commended student Jade Bridges.

College Principal Stuart Cutforth said: “We are thrilled to be working so closely with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and are pleased to welcome it on board as sponsor of our annual student awards’ ceremony.

“The recent training was a fantastic opportunity for our Uniformed and Public Services students to gain invaluable experience and insight into their future careers.”

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