Posted on 06 June 2019
On Wednesday 5 June our Level 3 Public Services students completed a "day in the life of a firefighter” experience at Woking Fire Station.
Merrist Wood College has an excellent relationship with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, who regularly attend the College to give talks directly related to coursework and careers within the service, but this visit allowed students to experience the 'real-life' exercises that firefighters have to complete everyday.
The students completed team building exercises, learnt how to deal with a Road Traffic Collision by removing the glass, roof and doors from a vehicle, and entered a dark room whilst blindfolded and wearing full breathing apparatus to conduct a search and rescue. All of the students completed a ladder climb where they had to interlock their feet and lean back with hands outstretched to the side. This is part of the basic test for firefighter selection and all of the students completed the task successfully!
The day ended with a full tour of the fire station and ended with a question and answer session.
Alan Stockhill, Public Services tutor at Merrist Wood College, said: "All of our students really got involved and enjoyed the experience. It's great to have such strong links with the local services, as it allows us to provide invaluable knowledge and experiences like this."
To find out more about our Public Services courses, please visit the Public Services Subject Area page...