College of West Anglia students got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when they were allowed to find out what it was like to run Lynn firestation.
The level 2 uniformed and public service students from the Lynn campus of the college experienced the basics of life as a firefighter, being put through their paces.
Retained Heacham firefighter Guy Tavner organised the day.
Students were given an introduction to Norfolk Fire Service, explaining how the service works, what they do and the kit used on exercise.
They got to observe and the use the hose reels off the appliance, received a tour of the station and some had a chance to try out the breathing apparatus chamber.
As well as the tour and exploration of equipment, students also took part in the Fire Service fitness test for entry –with most of them sailing the endurance tests, easily fulfilling the requirements.
Students had to climb up a 13.5m ladder, perform a ‘leg lock’ and then lean back to identify the symbols shown below.
They then had to carry out a ladder lift, which imitates the ability to lift a ladder above one’s head. That starts at a weight of 5kg and finishes at 15kg.
They also had to perform a ‘casualty drag’ with the correct grip, to drag a 55kg casualty (dummy) for 30m.
The fitness test also required equipment assembly – following instructions to assemble a specific piece of kit that is in parts correctly, then dissemble in reverse order.
There was also an enclosed space rat run, which is undertaken blindfolded and wearing Breathing Apparatus. The students had to navigate through a confined space, crawling over and through obstacles on the way through to the other side.
Finally, they had an equipment carry (endurance run), over a distance of 25m carrying firefighting equipment back and forth within a set time using correct manual handling and moving in a safe manner. Overall they covered a lung-busting total of 500m.
Students wore full fire PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and completed a ladder climb and lift, casualty and equipment drags, and equipment assembly among other test components.
Jack Hayes, a retained firefighter in Lynn and staff member at CWA, said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed the day.
“It was smiles all round and hopefully it has given them a good insight into what the fire service does and the requirements needed to get on board.”