Angus Fire College's Class of 2016 graduate

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This is the second year of the Angus Fire College and the partnership between Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Dundee and Angus College

Arbroath Fire School

A positive partnership initiative run by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Dundee and Angus College provides crucial fire prevention awareness for young people who are preparing to live on their own for the first time.

Angus Fire College is now in its second year and yesterday students from Dundee and Angus College celebrate their graduation.

The College, which is a partnership between Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Dundee and Angus College, involves students who are part of the Life Skills Project at Dundee and Angus College, Arbroath campus.

The aim of the project is to build their confidence, team building skills, communication skills and life skills.

They learned about the role of a firefighter and took part in drills. They also learned about home safety and the importance of having and testing a smoke alarm.

It was also highlighted to them the necessity of having a Home Fire Safety Visit, from SFRS.

They have been mentored over those 11 weeks by David McKenzie LALO (Local Authority Liaison Officer) for Angus, Crew Manager Grant Foreman (Arbroath wholetime and Carnoustie retained) and Judi Young Community Safety Advocate (Angus).

Both David and Grant agreed that the experience of working with such a positive minded group made the work worthwhile.

LALO David McKenzie said: "Given that some of the students will, in the near future, be taking up tenancies of their own, this could potentially prove lifesaving learning.

Over the last 11 weeks the students have worked very hard and have been extremely focused on the tasks."

The students went on informative visits to the Fire Operations Control Room, Macalpine Road Fire Station in Dundee, the Lifeboat at Arbroath, Dundee Airport Fire Service and a simulated water rescue at St Vigeans, by Arbroath.

The Graduation ceremony took place at Arbroath Community Fire Station on Tuesday 29 March 2016, with the students displaying their skills to friends and family.

They were presented with their certificates of achievement from Group Manager Billy McLintock (Angus).


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