North Herts students experience firefighter training

HARDY college students were put through their paces last week, when firefighters from Hitchin Fire Station visited to give them a practical insight into their career.

More than 100 students on the public service course at North Hertfordshire College were given the opportunity to have a go at the selection tests which are undertaken in order to join the fire service.

The aim of the day was to give the students an insight into the physical demands placed on firefighters as well as test their own fitness and determination.

The day kicked off with a bleep test, a progressive test of fitness carried out over a 20 metre course.

Students were then put up against the clock, and had to drag a 55kg dummy, simulating dragging a person to safety.

They also had to handle a range of fire equipment including hoses and ladders, all whilst dressed in traditional firefighter gear.

“It’s a really good thing to do, as it gives students coming out of the course an idea of what to expect,” said Hitchin Fire Station Commander David Rees.

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“It’s been well received, and we have been working closely with the college to make it a success.

“It was a good day all round and the students seemed to really enjoy it.”

Later this year, students at the college will experience a day of dealing with breathing apparatus.

They are also due to see a demonstration of the cutting equipment used by firefighters at road traffic collisions.