Rescue students from Duchy College have spent a day training at RNAS Yeovilton with Royal Navy fire fighters. The day centred on working with full kit and breathing apparatus in a real heat and smoke-filled environment; which reached a temperature of 131.4 degrees Celsius.
Student, Jordan Giles, said: “We felt extremely privileged to be provided with the training. Experiencing a smoke and heat environment was a great way to end our module, and demonstrates that the training was outstanding. The crew were extremely accommodating throughout the day.
“It was fascinating to hear of the different aspects of their role, and see them in training. The personnel went above and beyond to ensure we learnt a lot about their roles and aspects of operational firefighting. To put it simply, we would not be offered a day like that anywhere else!”
The Navy crew individually coached the students and worked with them within the potentially dangerous training environment.
Programme Manager for FdSc Rescue and Emergency Management at Duchy College, Mike Rose, said: “Through our wide network of industry contacts we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer the kind of experiences we had at RNAS Yeovilton. Working and training with professionals in industry is a great way of learning and it gives students the opportunity to build a network of contacts which offers them considerable advantages in employment opportunities in their future careers.
“The students had a fantastic day, working and training under the careful supervision of the Royal Navy personnel who went way and beyond what we could really expect of busy professionals. This was the last day of the year for our year one students and what a way to end it. Our massive thanks to the Royal Navy for hosting us so professionally.”