Hitchin boys fired up on work experience placement

Pupils from Hitchin Boys school mock up a hoax call scenario for pupils at Whitehill school

Pupils from Hitchin Boys school mock up a hoax call scenario for pupils at Whitehill school - Credit: Archant

PUPILS have been getting fired up on a work experience placement with the emergency services.

Students from Hitchin Boys’ School spent a week with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, to experience first-hand the work it does.

Nine pupils took part in a work experience scheme at Hitchin Fire Station and also enjoyed a hands-on visit to command and control in Stevenage.

Crew commander Joanne Todd, who helped organised the scheme, said: “The pupils have faced many challenges throughout the week and have learnt a number of skills which they can utilise in the future, whichever career path they choose to take.”

The week ended with the students giving a presentation about what they had learnt over their week to pupils at Whitehill Junior School.

They also acted out a short role play on the dangers of making hoax calls, and were then presented with certificates by watch commander Bryan Welsh.

Herts Chamber of Commerce’s John McBride, who also played a part in coordinating the scheme along with Joanne, said: “The week provided the students with an invaluable experience of the working environment and helped them develop a wide range of transferable skills that will boost their confidence and enhance their future employment opportunities.“

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Crew commander Craig Griffin, fire service community volunteer Keith Whitbread and the duty crew at Hitchin Fire Station all played a part in the placement.

Guest speakers included fire investigation officer Tony Robinson, Nikki Harvey who handles CC the fire investigation dog, Trading Standards and Youth Connexions.