Firefighters give school visit virtually


Firefighters at Bingham Fire Station held a virtual school visit after they were contacted by Archbishop Cranmer Church Of England Academy.

The plan was to visit the fire station in the new year however due to the current Government guidelines it had to be cancelled.

The reason for the visit was to fit into their topic of ‘people who help us’, and our firefighters were happy enough to deliver this to them via Zoom.

Firefighter Storey, who took the lead on organising and making the virtual visit possible, said: “We were originally contacted by Mrs Maxey, of Archbishop Cranmer Academy, who asked if we could do a visit.

“In the current climate this request was going to prove impossible, so it was a case of devising a method that allowed us to interact with the school without having them present. The children were engaged throughout and overall, I think it went really well.”

Firefighter Storey made the visit fun for the children, including video footage from a drone and created a ‘walkaround’ facility which showed the class the fire engine in the yard, as well as showing them the fire kit and tools.

Mrs Maxey, said: “Thank you to Bingham Fire Station for a fantastic virtual visit. It has ignited the children's interest for the week's learning which was all about the Fire Service.

“Their talk was inspirational with an immersive experience complete with the loud siren. The children loved the safety talk, the kit and fire equipment, the tour around the station, the film and the question and answer session. The children thoroughly enjoyed all of it.”

Crew Manager, Mark Carrington, said: 'I was very pleased to be a part of this great opportunity and still be able to work with our community and local schools in these very strange times. I'm very proud of the time and effort shown by Firefighter Storey and the crew involved at Bingham Fire Station to make this work.”

Since this virtual visit, crews have contacted all of their local schools to offer the same package to children to continue to educate them on fire safety.

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