DISADVANTAGED young people helped firefighters deal with a
serious car accident - but thankfully it was only a training
Youngsters from Bolton's Prince's Trust scheme took part in the
mock crash at Horwich fire station on Thursday, February 23.
Wearing protective clothing, the youngsters were shown how to
use the equipment by the firefighters and they were given different
roles to help free someone trapped in a car.
Some of the group cut the roof off the car while others were in
the back seat giving first aid to the "casualty".
Bilal Patel, aged 18, from Astley Bridge, said: "This is the
first time I've had any experience of what the firefighters do so
it's been really good. I didn't realise how much training the crews
did or that The Prince's Trust could get involved.
"I had to leave college due to a medical condition which means
by sight is deteriorating and I didn't know what to do with myself
until I joined The Prince's Trust. I'm really enjoying it."
The Prince's Trust is a 12-week personal development scheme run
by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for young people aged
between 16 and 25.
Youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds gain qualifications in
adult literacy, Community Fire Safety, hygiene and health and
safety, amongst other things.
Watch Manager Craig Lunt, from Horwich fire station, said: "It
went really well and the group was really helpful and interested in
what we were doing.
"We are more than happy to accommodate the young people and I've
said they can come back in a few weeks to do some first aid