Hartlepool apprentice spreads fire safety message

VITAL HELP: Michael Gray, front left, Nathan Hunter, front right, with Lee Toogood, back left, Steve McCarten (crouching centre) and Margaret Yull.
VITAL HELP: Michael Gray, front left, Nathan Hunter, front right, with Lee Toogood, back left, Steve McCarten (crouching centre) and Margaret Yull.

A HARTLEPOOL apprentice is developing his skills - and spreading the message about fire safety.

As National Apprentice Week gets under way, Nathan Hunter, 20, from Hartlepool was playing his part. He and fellow apprentice Michael Gray, 20, from Tees Valley firm TTE, were spending the week with Cleveland Fire Brigade.

This will be a new experience for me and a great opportunity to develop my skills and work with the public.

Nathan Hunter

They were making free home fire safety visits to locations such as the homes of older or disabled people.

After undertaking an induction programme at Billingham Fire Station, the two apprentices joined up with Fire Brigade advocates Margaret Yull and Lee Toogood.

Nathan, a production technician apprentice sponsored by Lucite, will work alongside Margaret Yull visiting homes in Hartlepool. He said: “This will be a new experience for me and a great opportunity to develop my skills and work with the public.”

Steve Grant, managing sirector of TTE, said apprentices would get to learn a wide range of skills and experiences that “will benefit them in their future careers”.

Steve McCarten, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Hartlepool and Stockton District Manager, said: “We are delighted to give Michael and Nathan this chance to work with us as part of National Apprenticeship Week.”