FOLLOWING a less formal Youth Futures Foundation (YFF) under 18s visit to Grimsby Peaks Lane Fire Station several weeks ago, the over 18 group recently returned for a more in-depth visit with the team’s ‘White Watch’.
The trip was arranged for the group, ages 18-24, after a concern was raised by a YFF participant regarding fire safety in his rented accommodation. CatZero approached staff at Peaks Lane Fire Station, who organised the bespoke visit.
The Fire Service team covered independent living fire safety along with the excitement of being a firefighter, as the participants experienced the BA (Breathing Apparatus) Chamber at the station. Albeit a bit daunting in the chamber, they were also able to try their hands at ‘running out the hoses’ and a competitive combination drill.
The White Watch delivered a mixture of informative presentation and physical challenges, which were thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed by all involved. The information regarding independent living could already have saved a life as one participant returned to his landlord to request the renewal of the smoke alarms, which was duly carried out. He now feels much safer in his home. Two other participants have shown an interest in the Fire Service as a future career so the chance for them to get some hands-on experience was invaluable.
CatZero staff accompanying the group were also able to get involved as the participants were so well supervised by White Watch during their visit.
Louise Bell, trainee delivery officer for CatZero, said: “It was an amazing opportunity for our group to get involved with such a key part of the community and they got some great advice on fire safety.
“Everyone threw themselves into the activities and had huge smiles on their faces, including myself! Seeing our participants fully engaged in the session, asking questions and running out hoses like professionals was amazing.”
Everyone who took part in the day found a renewed respect for the hard work that goes into being a firefighter, and very much appreciated the opportunity to visit the station.
Neil Davison, CatZero delivery officer, finished: “The enthusiasm of the firefighters delivering the session was infectious and the participants continued to talk about it days after the event. Seeing how much the group enjoyed themselves has shown us how beneficial sessions like this really are.”