Students get an insight into life as a firefighter

A group of students from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton, Bristol, have spent the day with firefighters at Patchway Fire Station.

As part of their Public Services course, the group of 22 young people were invited to the fire station to learn about the work of Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) and to try some of the skills required by firefighters.

During the session with Red Watch, which took place on Monday 30 November, the group tried on breathing apparatus, worked in confined spaces, ran out hose and carried a ladder.

They also took part in a fitness lecture and an exercise where their vision was obscured and they had to follow a guideline around the building, negotiating stairs, doors and other hazards.

It’s hoped the session will give the students an insight into the fire and rescue service and view the profession as a potential employment opportunity in the future.