Welwyn Garden City pupils experience life as a firefighter

FIREFIGHTERS are giving youngsters from Stanborough School a helping hand in the difficult transition to adulthood. A group of 12 teenagers in years 10 and 11 have been training alongside crews at WGC fire station. Hour-long sessions, which took place for

FIREFIGHTERS are giving youngsters from Stanborough School a helping hand in the difficult transition to adulthood.

A group of 12 teenagers in years 10 and 11 have been training alongside crews at WGC fire station.

Hour-long sessions, which took place fortnightly, helped build their confidence and teamwork skills, which will be useful when they enter the world of employment.

The group performed tasks at the station including working with breathing apparatus and hoses, as well as looking at consequences focusing on road accidents.

Red watch commander Paul Enever said: "With these sessions we wanted to raise awareness about fire safety and road safety. This age group is about to start learning to drive, and will be getting into their own and their friends' cars, so we wanted to try to influence them to think about the consequences of their actions behind the wheel."

The commander added there had been "excellent feedback" from the school, and the pupils involved.

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The project has been so successful the fire station plans to extend the idea to other secondary schools in the area.

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