Fire fighting skills on display

The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award winners demonstrate the skills they learned during their six weeks at Kirriemuir Fire Station.
The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award winners demonstrate the skills they learned during their six weeks at Kirriemuir Fire Station.

FIREFIGHTERS from Kirriemuir have been passing on their life-saving skills to members of the Kirriemuir Army Cadets.

As part of their silver Duke of Edinburgh Award work, six cadets spent six sessions being put through their paces by the station’s crew – and the results were on display at a fire-fighting demonstration at the station a week past Saturday.

The cadets were Sergeant Caitlin Whatley, Corporal Neil Smith, Lieutenant Corporal Cameron Winter, Lieutenant Corporal James Sheridan, Lieutenant Corporal Rebecca Watt and Cadet Amy Jo Randalls.

The cadets and their invited guests attended Kirriemuir fire station in the Glengate, where they were welcomed by station manager Graeme Nicoll, watch manager Chic Stewart and his crew.

The event marked the end of six sessions undertaken by the cadets with firefighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

They were given an insight into fire history, fire kit and fire extinguisher training.

Station manager Nicoll told the Dispatch and Herald: “They were also told how to identify fire risks in the home and the action to take. They were taught about practical moving in smoke and darkness and were given practical advice on dealing with a road traffic collision.”

On the Saturday, they took part in simulation exercises where they demonstrated the new skills acquired, before they were presented with their silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards by local senior officer area manager Dave Stapley.