Marine School ambassadors escape the smoke in Falmouth

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By Em_Williams | Thursday, December 06, 2012, 16:17

Student Ambassadors from Falmouth Marine School have been given a unique training session with firefighters from Falmouth Community Fire Station. Met by Falmouth Marine School lecturer and firefighter Dave Johnson, the students received an interactive talk exploring the basics of fire safety.

The students then put on helmets and explored the station's breathing apparatus chamber that was set up to resemble a two-storey house. Once familiarised with their settings the students were put into teams of five and asked to put on a frosted mask designed to simulate the limited visibility during a real fire.

Unbeknown to the teams, Watch Manger Charlie Philpott moved the furniture around and even the walls in order for the students to really think about their escape route.

Marine Science student Jonathan Teague said: "What an experience, I couldn't see anything. I was leading the team so I counted the steps and remembered where the furniture was but then it all changed, which I guess things may if you were panicking or at someone else's house less familiar to you."

Once both teams had experienced the simulation and discussed the scenario they were led back to the training room where they received a road safety session. Charlie explained how more young people have died on the roads in the Falmouth and Penryn area in the past five years than anywhere else in the county, and, that the biggest killer of young girls is young men driving.

The students were shown hard-hitting films of road accidents, raising awareness of various dangers. These included distractions to drivers, not wearing seatbelts, putting feet up on the dashboard, which in an accident can then cause more injuries, and modifications to the vehicle not being carried out correctly.

Student Ambassador Coordinator Laura MacGregor said: "This was a fantastic training opportunity for the ambassadors, part of their role is to work with the other students in the college, and therefore they are perfectly placed to convey these important messages."

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