CHILDREN from Condor Crescent and Charleton Place turned firefighters recently under a new scheme run in Montrose by Tayside Fire and Rescue and Tayside Police.
The Young Fire Fighters Programme aims to educate children aged from 12 to 17 on safety awareness and the hazards and risks surrounding fire. Run over three weeks, each course covers a variety of subjects including hose handling, equipment familiarisation, breathing apparatus, a smoke house, fire extinguishers and fire safety in the home.
Classes took place at Montrose Fire Station and combined theory lessons backed up with practical exercises. The youngsters were taught how to use different types of fire extinguishers and there were also role-playing games to strengthen the lessons learned.
The programme ran at full capacity and was the result of a community initiative between the fire service and local police with support from the Condor and Charleton Tenants and Residents Association. Montrose community police officers Ally Hutchison and Tracy Brown who took part in the event said they were impressed by the children’s dedication and enthusiasm while Mike Cassie, Tayside Fire and Rescue watch manager, praised the youngsters for engaging with the course.
He said: “It was great to see that everyone involved put in the necessary effort to make this an enjoyable course and a different experience for the children. The students get experience in running out hose, different types of fire extinguishers and moving around in smoke and darkness.
“Running these courses allows the children to take part in dealing with an emergency situation, showing them the best way to react and all hazards involved, while also giving them some guidance to a career path within the fire and rescue service which might be something they want to pursue in the future.”