Drill contest puts youngsters through their paces

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Almost 50 'Young Firefighters' take part in Scottish Fire and Rescue Service challenge.

Young Firefighters Units

Spirited youngsters from across the west of Scotland took part in the Young Firefighters Drill Competition run by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

Kilmarnock Community Fire Station in East Ayrshire hosted the contest, with almost 50 boys and girls from Dumbarton in West Dunbartonshire, Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute, and Kilmarnock itself, taking part in a number of challenges.

The youngsters threw themselves into ladder, hose and search and rescue drills - the latter being conducted while wearing full breathing apparatus.

As well as the traditional fire service events, a speed trial further tested their fitness and teamwork, as teams of eight relayed a branch of hose while carrying heavy equipment over an obstacle course.

Area Manager Jim Scott, the SFRS senior officer for Ayrshire, said: "This event has provided a great opportunity for young firefighters to show us all the personal, team and individual skills they have gained as part of their units.

"The standard and commitment they displayed was a credit to themselves, their families and their instructors, and the event really reminds us of the great enthusiasm and potential our young people have.

"It shows how this can be effectively channelled when they are given positive opportunities, guidance and support through programmes such as that being delivered through the young firefighter units."

Firefighters know young people have a vital role to play in helping to protect communities throughout Scotland from tragedy, with officers identifying children and teenagers as 'vital allies in the fight against fire'.

Advice for how young people can do their part to minimise the risk of fire and other emergencies can be found on the SFRS website. Click here to see more.