High school pupils are blaz­ing a trail on fire course

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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