THE daunting prospect of giving first aid to someone
involved in an incident is one that firefighters face every day -
so crews helped students from a local college gain an understanding
of such huge responsibilities by getting them to face the same the
Crews staged a number of scenarios for college students to learn
from during a recent visit to Gorton Fire Station.
Gorton Red Watch firefighters threw open the doors for students
off the Public Service Course at The Manchester College so they
could find out how local crews serve the community.
The firefighters put on an exhausting amount for students to see
and hear about in one visit to ensure they understood not just what
goes on at a station but some of the wider issues in the county,
and even nationally, that effect what Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service does.
Watch Manager Ken Booth said: "The visit was intended to give
the students an insight into the everyday life of a
"We discussed entry and recruitment requirements, the impact of
funding cuts in the public services, basic and probationary
training, the watch structure, promotion, station life, community
work, the fire engines and equipment, breathing apparatus and first
aid and what trauma technicians do.
"We finished off by presenting the students with a trauma
scenario to see how well they had listened during the visit and if
they could put it into practice.
"Initially, they were a bit over-awed by but with a little
encouragement from our Trauma Technicians Mark Humphries and Stu
Brown they soon got into the swing of things."