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10th Aug, 2022

Stratford fire station trip ignites career inspiration

Editorial Correspondent 10th Jan, 2022 Updated: 11th Jan, 2022

CAREER goals have been ignited for Stratford students.

Public Services students from Stratford College have been getting a first-hand look at what life as a firefighter is like.

They visited Stratford fire station for a tour of the site, talk to officers and get a feel for what the job would be like for them.

They also got to see the training tower where the firefighters would train for larger scale emergencies.

Student Edward Horsman said: “I really enjoyed the whole experience! My favourite bit was looking at the fire engine close up and learning about how it all works. The fire officers also went into a lot of detail about the jobs they do and the rules they follow; it was very interesting.”

Students were then visited at the college by watch commander Peter Bell and his on-call team for a presentation on road safety. This covered the ‘Fatal Four’ – four distractions that can lead to accident and fatalities while driving: being on your phone, distraction from friends, speeding and alcohol.

Lecturer Oliver Wilkins emphasised the importance of students having access to hands-on careers information.

He added: “Public Service students are treated to multiple visits and trips throughout their course to help them develop both personally and professionally. We also aim to show them all their potential career options in a practical and hands on way, learning from people in the field.

“The trip was really engaging and interesting; as well as the students getting a close look at the workings of this career, we also got to learn about the new fire service apprenticeship scheme being offered.

“The visit from Peter was also really important and will benefit the students long term.”

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