Students from two Northamptonshire Schools used their firefighting skills on Saturday when they took part in a simulated rescue of a ‘casualty’ from a smoke-filled building.
The students (aged 12 and 13), from The Latimer Arts College and Bishop Stopford School, took part in this exercise to showcase their expertise as part of a passing out parade, marking the end of their participation in the Youth Engagement Scheme at Burton Latimer Fire Station.
The scheme is run by Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The achievements of all the youngsters were recognised at the event, but one award, for being the most improved student, went to Louis Howell.
As part of the six-week-long Youth Engagement Scheme, the youngsters learn about a variety of subjects ranging from life-saving skills in the HeartStart programme, to drugs awareness and information on arson and detection.
One of the students, Aayra Khawaja, also received a special certificate for using her skills in an emergency situation. She was able to use the lifesaving skills she gained from her school, and the HeartStart training she received as part of YES, to save a younger member of her family from choking on a sweet.
Watch manager Chris Stephenson said: “She stayed remarkably calm and reverted back to the training she received. She gave back slaps to try to remove the sweet from the youngster’s throat. Once she gave these back slaps she still remained calm and raised the alarm to a member of her family who assisted her.”
Other students who took part in the programme include Joshua Taylor, Daniel Fisk, Josh Warwick, Bethany Jones, Lorcan Harbour and Emya Smart.
Saturday’s activities were designed to put some of the students’ new skills to the test. Events included a simulated house fire in which four of the youngsters entered a building filled with cosmetic smoke and rescued someone acting as a casualty.
Mr Stephenson, who led the Burton Latimer scheme, said: “This year’s scheme has been highly successful and the students have been fantastic every week. They have given so much energy, enthusiasm and commitment to making the scheme one of our most successful to date.”