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Fire students put through their paces for charity

26 March 2013

Fire and Leadership students raise money for the Firefighter Charity

UCLan Fire and Leadership Students completed a gruelling fire fighting Challenge at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre to raise money for the Firefighter Charity.

The day, organised by Training Centre Commander Paul Briggs of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, consisted of simulated fire fighting tasks designed to push the students to the limits of mental and physical endurance. They raised nearly £3000 which will go towards rehabilitation and medical treatment of UK fire-fighters injured in the course of their fire fighting duties.

“From the moment I woke up, to the moment we left Washington Hall Training Centre, I had an overwhelming sense of pride of what we had accomplished."

Stewart Bromwich, a Year 2 Fire and Leadership student at UCLan, took part in the challenge and commented: "Not only did we manage to raise a great deal of money for a more than worthy cause, but we were given the opportunity to show our mettle by completing a number of gruelling challenges.

“Once we entered the fire ground we were put through our paces.  We were sharply introduced to some of the necessary basic skills that a Fire Fighter requires to be able to safely fight a fire. This is affectionately known in the service as ‘hose running’ and acted as a good indication to the level of toughness we were going to be faced with for the rest of the day. We were verbally encouraged by the more than helpful instructors, which improved the speed in which we were able to master the basics.  This included running out a length of a hose, ‘under-running’, and rolling it back up.  We soon moved onto tougher challenges which included being able to get a charged hose to the third floor of the drill tower.  This required great team work, true grit and determination. 

“As we were put into teams, we soon had the realisation that if we all pulled together as a team, the challenges would be easier to face.  This became more apparent when we had to face the ‘confined space’ challenge, which involved teams being able to locate a ‘casualty’ from with a darkened room consisting of a narrow maze of connecting caged passageways.

“Overall, what everyone had come to realise is that all the challenges we faced, potentially is what Fire Fighters have to deal with on a weekly basis; and made us even more aware of the importance of the work that Fire Fighters Charity does and the difference they make to those affected by the challenging environment of which a Fire Fighter serves.”