Paisley youngsters complete Firereach course

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Firefighters teach pupils lifesaving skills, including CPR, and raise their awareness of risks

Firereach Paisley 2016-06

Paisley youngsters had an up-close look at firefighters’ role in protecting their communities.

The area’s Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) team welcomed 13 pupils from Paisley Grammar School to a Firereach course at Renfrewshire Safety Centre.

In an action-packed week the teenagers learned potentially life-saving skills and saw a demonstration showing the devastating aftermath of a serious road traffic collision.

As well as being taught how to perform CPR and provide wider first aid, the youngsters also learned to identify potential fire hazards and the simple steps needed to prevent house fires and the tragedies they cause.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Special Operations Response Team also demonstrated their role at an emergency and highlighted how the close partnership between emergency responders benefits communities.

Group Manager Mark Gallacher – the SFRS head of prevention and protection for East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde – presented the group with certificates of achievement.

He said: “I’d like to congratulate these young people on their efforts over the past week.

“Their enthusiasm, teamwork and determination were very clear and it’s great to see young people come together as a team and perform to such a high standard. 

“I hope they will take what they’ve learned and put it to good use.

“By sharing the safety messages they’ve learned and promoting the support they now know is available from firefighters each of them can help make a real difference.”

The course ended on Friday (17 June) with a demonstration for family and friends, giving the pupils a chance to show off their new skills.

Fiona Hewitt, principal teacher of pupil support for Paisley Grammar, said: “Our pupils and staff would like to say a big thank you to all at the Renfrewshire Safety Centre for giving us such an excellent week.

“It was great to see everyone pulling their weight as part of a team and hear about all the new skills learned over the course of the programme.”

Anyone who would like to learn CPR is encouraged to contact their local fire station.