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Elderly People Gain Unique Fire Service Insight

A group of over 65s gained a unique insight into Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service when they were given a VIP tour of the Service's Headquarters.

"I've really enjoyed the company and I'd give the course top marks, I really recommend the course to other people."

Elderly persons on Wellbeing courseThe group of nine elderly people got to visit the Service's control room where all the 999 calls are taken and they also got to watch new firefighter recruits train.

The tour was part of a six week Older Persons' Wellbeing course funded by the South Staffordshire Community Safety Team. The course is aimed at educating older people in fire safety, home security and exercise and nutrition. The participants have enjoyed different weekly activities at Brewood Fire Station since the course began on 20th April.

Katherine Haigh, Risk Reduction Technician, said: "The group had a great day, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were just so surprised about how much different work goes on behind the scenes."

One of the course participants, Gladis Ryles said: "It's been marvellous. Today's visit has been very interesting and on the course we’ve learnt about fire safety, what to do in an emergency and about exercising."

Another participant, Ronald Marriott commented: "I've really enjoyed the company and I'd give the course top marks, I really recommend the course to other people."

After completion of the course there will be a ceremony where participants will be presented with certificates. A further free course for over 65s is planned at Codsall Fire Station in July. If people are interested they should Katherine Haigh on 01785 898795.