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Students are set to take part in an extrication exercise

26/03/2014

More than a dozen young people will be gaining hands-on experience of the emergency work carried out by firefighters and paramedics during a car crash extrication exercise.

"The students will be learning some of the theory as to how we extricate people who are trapped in vehicles as well as having a go at the practical side of a rescue operation. The session should give them a real insight into the sort of work that firefighters, and our colleagues in the emergency services, are involved in on a regular basis."

The youngsters, aged 16-18, are all studying for their Public Service Course at Burton South Derbyshire College.

They will be visiting Burton Fire Station tomorrow (March 27) when they will take part in extrication training with the help of a local crew.

The day will include an introduction into the planning and management of major incidents before moving on to explain the role of firefighters and paramedics in road traffic collisions.

Later, the young people will be shown various techniques on how to approach and manage the scene as well as how to stabilise the vehicle and casualty.

They will be able to try their hand at extricating fire service volunteers – acting as casualties - using cutting equipment. Paramedics and a vehicle from West Midlands Ambulance Service will also be on site to assist with the ‘incident’.

The session will form part of the students’ Planning and Management of Major Incidents module.

The event will be captured on camera by the youngsters’ counterparts who are studying for BTEC Film and TV Level 3 qualification.

Burton Crew Manager Paul Marshall said: "We are very keen to support the next generation of people who will be leading the way when it comes to delivering vital – and often lifesaving - public services. These students are the firefighters, nurses, doctors, soldiers and police officers, among other important roles, of tomorrow.

"They will be learning some of the theory as to how we extricate people who are trapped in vehicles as well as having a go at the practical side of a rescue operation. The session should give them a real insight into the sort of work that firefighters, and our colleagues in the emergency services, are involved in on a regular basis."

Victoria Tufail, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager, added: "This is a great opportunity for the emergency services to demonstrate particular elements of their roles to the students.

"The exercise will not only provide a great insight into the differing roles within the emergency services but it will also provide the students with an opportunity to ask any questions that they may have, helping them with their future career paths."

Course Leader Rob Stevenson said: "The college is very pleased to be working with the fire service and other emergency services in this real world exercise. To do this as a career is the ambitions of the students, so to be given an opportunity like this by the services is a great privilege."