Student firefighters in Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit from a brand new firefighting vehicle.
"All of the equipment included is designed to be used and operated by young people to help them broaden their knowledge and get a more in-depth experience of being a firefighter."
Sandyford Watch Manager, Neil Cheshire
Following sponsorship from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Electrical Safety Council the new vehicle will be formally unveiled on June 23rd at Sandyford Community Fire Station.
The vehicle comes complete with firefighting equipment for student firefighters to use during their training and a TV to show educational videos. When not being used for student firefighter courses the vehicle will also be used to carry out community fire safety in North Staffordshire.
Sandyford Watch Manager, Neil Cheshire said: "To get this new vehicle is fantastic, particularly as it’s specifically been designed for student firefighters. All of the equipment included is designed to be used and operated by young people to help them broaden their knowledge and get a more in-depth experience of being a firefighter.
"We will also use the vehicle at community events which frees up our fire engines to respond to incidents during busy periods. As well as the schools courses we run during term time we run other courses for groups and organisations within North Staffordshire during school holidays, so they will too benefit from this vehicle."
Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: "This is a great chance for young people to be able to find out more about being a firefighter, and gives them an insight into the equipment and training that goes into the service.
"A dedicated service for training and support means that student firefighters now have a better chance of being familiar with the situations that will arise in their job, and will have the opportunity to learn even more than before."
Lorraine Carney, Senior Campaign Manager at the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) said: "The ESC is all about helping people to stay safe; we are delighted to work with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s project, which targets high risk and vulnerable groups and reaches a wide range of local people.
"It was obvious that a lot of people would benefit from having this vehicle and this is something which aided our decision to award Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with the funding.