Teenagers learn team-working skills from Inverness Airport firefighters

Image: Teenagers taking part in the Fire Skills Programme

The Fire Service team at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited are working in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) who have developed a joint Fire Skills Programme for young people aged 12-17 years.

The hands-on sessions were adapted from real-life firefighter drills, providing a unique experience for teenagers.  Held at Inverness Airport, participants took part in hose running, pump drills, ladder climbing, road safety, first aid skills and community safety.

Andrea MacDonald, Inverness Airport Fire Manager, said, “HIAL Fire Service is delighted to be involved in the development of young adults within the Highlands and Islands. The aim is to enhance the confidence of those taking part, as well as showcasing the emergency services as a fantastic career path.”

Firefighter Ali Chisholm, said, “We were delighted to see the youngsters leaving with a sense of accomplishment and success. We hope their short time with us will have built their confidence, self-discipline, communication and team-work skills.”

SFRS Local Senior Officer for Highland, Rab Middlemiss, said, “We are dedicated to engaging with, working with and inspiring our young people across Scotland.

“Initiatives like the Fire Skills Programme allow young people to experience what it means to be a firefighter, whilst enjoying a fantastic experience, meeting new people and learning valuable safety advice and employability skills.”

Inverness Airport recently supported two fire skill  courses, with more planned in the near future.  SFRS continues to work closely with partner agencies to identify young people who would benefit from attending a future course.  HIAL is looking to widen the SFRS programme to other airports across the group and introduce the courses within their local communities.