A group of army cadets from the Kirriemuir Black Watch Detachment were given an insight into the work of local firefigthers during a visit to Forfar Fire Station recently.
Accompanied by Company Sergeant Major Ted Simpson and Adult Instructor Kirsten Smith, the cadets, met with both full time and retained firefighters during their tour of the Strang Street premises.
An initial presentation on fire safety, fire prevention and hazards was given by Dave McKenzie, local liaison officer, who also gave the cadets some statistics on why fires were caused which were mostly accidental.
Steve Nichol, Mark Fisher and Ian Hodgson from both Forfar and Dundee were among the firefighters who showed the cadets all aspects of a fire appliance, how to roll out fire hoses and how to climb a ladder to a burning building among other aspects of their jobs.
A highlights of the visit after the cadets were suitably dressed as fire fighters, was exintinguishing a ‘controlled’ fire with and trying to hit a ‘target’ with water from a hose.
The visit will count towards ‘Cadet in the Community’ which is part of the Cadet Army Proficiency Certificate.