Pupils’ fire safety train­ing

Ed­u­ca­tion: Young­sters sim­u­late a res­cue oper­a­tion from burn­ing build­ing

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY RE­BEKAH MCVEY

A group of north-east teenagers demon­strated how they would res­cue peo­ple from a burn­ing build­ing as they com­pleted a fire­fighter train­ing course yes­ter­day.

A spe­cial cer­e­mony was held as the chil­dren from Peter­head Academy showed off the skills they had picked up over the past six weeks of train­ing at the town’s fire sta­tion.

The scheme was launched in con­junc­tion with the PeterDeen project, which helps young­sters who strug­gle with tra­di­tional school­work de­velop life skills through of­fer­ing them “dif­fer­ent ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties”.

The hard work and com­mit­ment of the pupils in­volved was dis­played dur­ing a demon­stra­tion where the group sim­u­lated a res­cue oper­a­tion.

The 11 young­sters showed those in at­ten­dance how they would con­duct a res­cue into a three-storey build­ing, where an adult and a child were trapped.

There fol­lowed a pre­sen­ta­tion where they were given cer­tifi­cates recog­nis­ing their achieve­ments.

Co-or­di­na­tor of the fire safety skills course at Peter­head Fire Sta­tion, Wil­lie Toch, said: “I couldn’t be prouder of all of those who took part in the course.

“When the pupils started,

“Theyal­so­gained lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills”

I only asked three things from them – I wanted them to work hard, to work as a team and re­spect each other, and to stick in. Every­one did a re­ally good job and I’m de­lighted with what they’ve all achieved.”

Every Thurs­day for the last few months, the fourth year pupils gained some valu­able in­sight into what work­ing life is like as a fire­fighter – as well as re­ceiv­ing ba­sic first aid train­ing.

Sta­tion man­ager, Cal­lum Shand, said: “It’s been great see­ing the young peo­ple work­ing to­gether.

“Their progress over the past six weeks has been tremen­dous, there’s a no­table im­prove­ment in their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills from when they started to their com­ple­tion of the course.”

Chair­woman of the coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee, Anne Stir­ling, added: “It’s clear this has been a suc­cess and not only did the young peo­ple gain in­sight into life as a fire­fighter, but they also gained lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.”

Peter­head and North Rat­tray coun­cil­lor, Dianne Bea­grie, said: “I’m de­lighted to be here to recog­nise the achieve­ments of the young peo­ple and I wish them good luck for the fu­ture.”

An­other group of young pupils, from Fraser­burgh Academy, are also in­volved in the FraserDeen ini­tia­tive and will be put to the test as they set out to com­plete the fire safety skills course them­selves next month.

Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick

CER­E­MONY: Peter­head Academy pupils af­ter their fire safety pass­ing out cer­e­mony.

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