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Limerick Students Become Fire-Fighters For A Week

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Transition year students from Rathkeale and Newcastle West have concluded a pilot training course provided by Limerick County Fire and Rescue Service.

Seven students from Colaiste na Trócaire in Rathkeale and six students from Desmond College in Newcastle West last week participated in the five-day course at Rathkeale Fire Station, aimed at raising awareness of what is involved in being a retained fire-fighter.

The course culminated on Friday with a passing-out parade for the students (10 male 3 female) during which they demonstrated some of the skills they acquired during the week.

The students also each received four separate Fire Service certificates for having completed their training in fire extinguishing, the provision of first-aid, manual handling and a certificate of attendance. The certificates were presented to the students by Cllr. Leo Walsh, Leas Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, and Carmel Kirby, Chief Fire Officer.

According to Cllr. Walsh: “I was very impressed by the demonstration provided by students on Friday. They have clearly developed life skills that will stand to them in the future, while they have also learned about the hugely important work carried out by retained fire-fighters across Limerick. I would like to congratulate the Fire Service for their foresight in delivering this course.”

Carmel Kirby, Chief Fire Officer, Limerick County Fire and Rescue Service stated “The students were given manual handling training, fire extinguisher training, life saving first-aid training and some basic fire-fighting experience. Students were also given an introduction into technical fire safety and the fire safety enforcement role of the Fire and Rescue Service. She complimented John Lyons, Course Director and Rathkeale Fire Brigade Station Officer and his fire crew for organising and delivering such valuable training to transition year students in an adult learning environment.”

Josephine Cotter Coughlin, Director of Services for Environment and Emergency Services, Limerick County Council attended the passing-out parade on Friday and stated “We hope this course has given the students life skills that they can use after the course and after they finish school. It might also help them make more informed decisions in relation to their future career path. At the end of the course, the 13 students each received 4 certificates for their week’s work and also a lot of positive memories to bring away with them. ”