YOUNG people got a taster of what firefighters do when dealing
with a serious RTC during a training exercise in Stockport.
Disadvantaged youngsters from The Prince's Trust scheme visited
Offerton Fire Station White Watch for the day on Friday, March
The day started with an introduction to the fire station and a
presentation on how Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS) responds to RTCs, followed by some video clips and a
question and answer session.
The group then had a basic life support lecture using
resuscitation dummies so that the boys and girls could get a hands
After lunch, the youngsters were given a practical demonstration
of a collision with the help of four volunteer casualties.
Watch Manager Tom Weate said: "The demonstration went through
different space creation techniques to rescue the casualties and
give the young people an insight into the difficulties we have on
rescuing trapped persons in crushed vehicles.
"The lecture comprised of the seven phases of an RTC and how we
approach each stage to dynamically assess the situation and how we
work as a team along with other crews that may attend.
"The life support lecture went through the A,B,Cs of life
support, starting with their initial approach through to them being
taught on how and when to use the defibrillator.
"The young people seemed to really enjoy the exercise, which was
coordinated by Community Safety Advisor Rosalyn Hopkins."
The Prince's Trust is a 12-week personal development scheme run
by GMFRS 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.