Academy' pupils visit Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard and BARB
group of students visited Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard and BARB hovercraft
crews this week to find out more about the work they do in keeping
our coastline safe.
19 youngsters from Bridgwater and Taunton College are part of a
new educational scheme called the '999 academy'.
visited the two Burnham-On-Sea organisations and learned about the
ue of mud sleds, hovercrafts, rope knots, inflatable rescue paths
academy is a tri-service collaboration providing extra-curricular
activities for teenagers," Ruth Burrows, 999 academy course
leader, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
aim is to let them visit real-life emergency services to help them
make choices about possible career and recruitment opportunities."
have learned all about fire drills, rope rescue work, and police
work during visits to local police and fire stations."
students, who are aged between 16-19, meet weekly with visits to
organisations across Somerset.
student, Jack Lewis, said: "It's been a great experience seing
the work of the emergency crews here in Burnham - it's helping me
see various roles and understand how the services work together."
Keevil added: "I'm really enjoying it - I have always wanted
to be a part of the services and hope to join the Royal Air Force."