High school pupils are blazing a trail on fire course
OBAN High School pupils completed a Fire Reach course at Oban Community Fire Station on Friday, by demonstrating how to rescue a casualty from a road traffic accident.
The week-long course, only the second in Argyll and Bute, also teaches first aid and how to put out a fire using the fire engine’s hoses and pump.
Community firefighter Iain Hunter, who led the training, said: ‘The scheme should raise the young people’s awareness of the role of the fire service and other linked agencies. One of the main aims of the course is to try to change attitudes and perceptions of young people by showing them life skills and responsibilities.’
Local senior officer Jim McNeil said: ‘The students have been really enthusiastic and thrown themselves into learning about fire safety in the home and also road safety as they may soon be the young drivers on our roads.
‘They are also given instruction in first aid and how they can assist in keeping their homes safe. Our partners at Police Scotland enhance the week with safety information.
‘This course is a fantastic example of the community planning partnership working together to keep young people safe across Argyll and Bute.’
The young firefighters operate the powerful hoses, stand to attention on parade and, inset, are trained in resuscitation.