Pupils given insight into the fire service

Pupils from The Blyth School Community College visit Pegswood Community Fire Station.
Pupils from The Blyth School Community College visit Pegswood Community Fire Station.

A GROUP of teenagers spent the day at a fire station as part of a team building exercise while also learning about the operations of the fire service.

During their visit to Pegswood Community Fire Station, the 15-year-olds were able to gather various evidence of team work to be used as part of their BTEC public services portfolios.

Pupils from The Blyth School Community College visit Pegswood Community Fire Station.

Pupils from The Blyth School Community College visit Pegswood Community Fire Station.

The Year 10 students from The Blyth School Community College were split into groups of three and took part in a number of challenges.

One of these was to reach the top of the brigade’s training tower, which was filled with dense smoke.

Students and staff also enjoyed a tour of the fire station, which included a simulation of travelling in a fire engine to an incident.

The community college’s public services teacher Sue Hall said: “The students were a credit to the school and they learned so much about the work of the fire service, in particular the ongoing risks that firefighters face on a daily basis.

“They learned several valuable new skills, in particular the need to act as a cohesive team, particularly when facing dangerous situations and the fear of the unknown.”