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Fire Service Team Wins Language Challenge

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Stoke Risk Reduction team took part in a language challenge with year nine pupils at St Peters High School in Stoke-on-Trent on June 17th.

"It was certainly an innovative challenge and the standard of work produced was of an exceptional standard."

Hanley Firefighter Jim Taaffe

The students were put into teams to represent various businesses and organisations, such as Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, to brainstorm ideas for a presentation.

The presentations were judged by selected representatives from other organisations and the Fire Service team were crowned the winners.

Firefighter Jim Taaffe from Hanley said: "The idea of the language challenge was to allow students to work alongside different agencies and national companies to incorporate the use of languages in improving the work that they already do.

"This helped the students to develop their skills and also gave them the chance to work alongside local businesses and organisations, whilst experiencing and enhancing personal key skills. It was certainly an innovative challenge and the standard of work they produced was of an exceptional standard."

The pupils took also took part in a practice session at Staffordshire University on June 16th where they used their own ideas to produce a variety of fire safety information aimed at the overseas students who use the halls of residence at the University.

They then visited Burslem Fire Station where they took part in team games to build their team and communication skills in preparation for the presentations.

Marian Beasley from St Peters High School said: "We are always happy to work with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as the pupils both enjoy it and learn a lot. They can see how languages work in the real world, which encourages and motivates them to learn more."

Other teams represented by the pupils were Sainsbury’s, Stoke City Football Club,   The Potteries Museum & Johnson Tiles.