COLLEGE students learned about the dangers of fire and the harsh realities of road smashes during a training course.
Students studying catering and hospitality at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus spent the day at Durham Fire Station.
They had the chance to try on protective clothing, extinguish real fires and take part in team building exercises based around assembling and operating firefighting equipment.
The students were also given lectures and were shown videos on a range of subjects including home fire safety and road traffic collisions.
Hartlepool student Kimberly Baker, 16, said: “The presentation and the videos we watched have made me realise how important it is to check fire alarms at home and also to wear a seatbelt in the car.
Mick Lawler, community support officer at Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our aim is to create awareness, so young people know how to keep themselves safe in these types of situations.
“Often the young people are shocked at the videos we show them on road traffic collisions. This is important as it makes them realise the harsh consequences of dangerous driving.”