Two groups of students from Eastleigh College have been fighting fires and rescuing passengers from smoke filled aeroplanes at Southampton Airport, as part of a training exercise with the airport’s resident fire crew last week.
Many of the Level 3 BTEC Travel & Tourism students will go on the train as Cabin Crew, and this was their first taste of the type of training that they will receive. Following a theoretical element in the fire station, the students were taken to a remote corner of the airfield, where the crew regularly train, to be put through their paces under realistic conditions.
Station Manager, Kev Montgomery said:
“The course we run with Eastleigh College is very similar to the one we run for Cabin Crew, so they are getting an accurate view of what life is like on the job, and introduced to the responsibility they will have to passenger’s safety. With the theory out of the way, the students always really enjoy getting kitted up and tackling some real fires, and we’re very happy to be able to help them out with their studies.”
17 year old Mikaela Godley commented:
“I found the whole experience fantastic. I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to do this with professional Fire-fighters. They were encouraging and helpful all the time, even when it was a bit daunting. It’s a skill that not many people get to practice until an emergency happens and we are really lucky to have been able to get the practical experience.”
Fire and safety course are run by the airport’s fire crew through the year and can be tailored to the specific needs of the company.