Students studying on Uniformed Services Courses at TyneMet College recently enjoyed a visit to Tynemouth Community Fire Station.

The 34 students were treated to a busy day of learning about some of the daily duties undertaken by Firefighters.

The students were welcomed to the station by Trevor Sturrock, who is the Green Watch Crew Manager and also a former TyneMet College student.

They were then given a presentation which covered fire safety, dealing with incidents and short films showing the firefighters in action. Following this, they were taken on a guided tour of the station where they were introduced to some of the specialist equipment that   firefighters use.

The crew of Green Watch then jumped into action treating the students to a display of how firefighters respond to an emergency call and showing just how effectively and quickly, despite all of their equipment, trained firefighters can be at the attendance of a fire on the third floor of a burning building.

The students were then delighted to be able to practice on the fire hoses – they were introduced to different ways that the hose can be used to tackle a variety of situations.

Carl Penaluna, Uniformed Services Teacher at TyneMet College said:The day was a great success; the students said that they learned quite a lot, not just about tacking fires but about the many other behind the scenes duties that firefighters have to undertake on a daily basis.

“The students were also amazed at how quickly a fire appliance could deploy to an emergency situation - on the day they learned that immediate responses are only possible because of the specialist up to date training that the firefighters undertake on a regular basis.

All of the students behaved professionally at the visit and Green Watch has said that they would be delighted to welcome us for another visit in the near future.”

Trevor Sturrock, Green Watch Crew Manager, said:

“It was great to welcome the TyneMet Uniformed services students to Tynemouth Community Fire Station and offer them an insight into the role of a Firefighter.

“All the students seemed to enjoy the visit and I believe the experience gained will assist them in making an informed career choice. It was the first time we have hosted a visit from students at TyneMet College and it is a partnership that we hope to develop and continue with in the future.”

For more information about Uniformed/Public Services courses at TyneMet College call and speak to a student advisor on 0191 229 5000, email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk or visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/uniformed