STUDENTS from Burton and South Derbyshire College gained first hand experience of the work carried out by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, including how to deal with serious road accidents.
The group, aged between 16 and 18, are all studying Public Services and were invited to Burton Fire Station in Moor Street for a demonstration by professionals after being given an insight into the planning and management of major incidents.
They then staged a renactment of a road accident, using cutting equipment to remove the roof from one car. The demonstration was also attended by West Midlands Ambulance Service, who showed students how casualties must be stabilised to prevent further injury. Their every move was also filmed by students on the BTEC Film and TV Level 3 qualification.
Burton Crew Manager Paul Marshall said: “We are very keen to support the next generation of people who will be leading the way when it comes to delivering vital – and often lifesaving - public services. These students are the firefighters, nurses, doctors, soldiers and police officers, among other important roles, of tomorrow.”
Student Elizabeth Glendinning, 19, said: “I was one of the first on the scene with the ambulance service and we had to assess the situation upon arrival and the severity of the victim’s injuries.
“In a real-life situation we would have a one-hour window to work with and it’s important that we managed to keep to that and if we did it any sooner, then it is even better.”
In the midst of it all, students also had to cope with an unexpected hail storm which provided a real test of their abilities as they had to ignore the elements and stay focussed on the task in hand.
Elizabeth added: “It came as quite a shock, especially as the hail started as soon as we arrived, but we know that we have to cope in any situation and get the casualty out of the car and into the ambulance as quickly as possible.”
Course Leader Rob Stevenson said: “I thought they all did extremely well.
“We are very pleased to be working with the fire service and other emergency services in this real world exercise. To be given an opportunity like this by the services is a great privilege.