Pupils learn fire safety basics

Pupil Donald Arbuthnott tackles a fire with guidance from Mike Cassie from Tayside Fire and Rescue.'Contributed photo.
Pupil Donald Arbuthnott tackles a fire with guidance from Mike Cassie from Tayside Fire and Rescue.'Contributed photo.

MONTROSE Academy pupils learned the basics of how to tackle fires as part of the school’s new Maritime Skills course.

The group of 16 youngsters visited the local fire station on Friday where they were put through a basic fire safety course paces by Mike Cassie and his team.

Tayside Fire and Rescue is one of several organisations, including the RNLI and Coastguard, backing the Maritime Skills course which gives the boys opportunities for personal achievement and provides practical, hands-on learning outwith the classroom in relation to the maritime industry.

It covers topics such as seamanship, the maritime environment, employability skills and careers as well as health and safety.

Their visit to the Garrison Road station will allow them to meet part of the course requirement to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of fire safety within the maritime sector.

The pupils have to correctly assess the nature of specific emergency situations, explain the correct procedures to follow on detecting a fire, the procedures it is necessary to take during the fire as well as identify an appropriate extinguishing agent.

They also learned about the fire wallet on board a ship, fire plans and who is responsible for them, how the stability of a vessel can be affected by fighting a fire and what automatic fire-fighting equipment is found on board a ship.

After going over the theory, the pupils put it into practice with some hands-on experience with small fires to extinguish.

The course is linked to the new Curriculum for Excellence and follows similar visits to the local RNLI and Coastguard.