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Students fly high with RAF

April 2, 2015

Members of the Royal Air Force (RAF) visited Public Services students at West Cheshire College to deliver a practical workshop that gave students a taster of being in the RAF.

Three members of the RAF joined Level 3 students to set up a major incident table-top scenario which provided them with the experience of exercises and training for emergency situations.

The RAF transformed a classroom into an Incident Control Room which containing public services such as Mountain Rescue, Police and Ambulance. The scenario given to students was a RAF Tornado air crash in Devon which caused a major incident for the public, local community and surrounding environment.

The students had to locate the crash site and evacuate casualties to preserve life. Communication was lead through walkie-talkies and telephones using the correct voice procedure. The students then had to prepare, plan and execute the response to the effects of this major incident.

Public Services student Callum Ackroyd, 19, from Chester, was one student involved in the activity. He said: “The exercise was really different to anything we have done before. I was part of the medical evacuation response team and we had to work together to see how we would react to the incident.

“I learnt so much from it and it was so interesting. We do a lot of exercises as part of the course which makes the course really enjoyable.

“Before studying at the College, I did A Levels for a year but it wasn’t for me- I much prefer a more practical and hands on course like this one.  When I finish the course I will be joining the Royal Navy.”

Stephen Roberts, Public Services tutor from West Cheshire College, said: “It was a great experience for our College to get involved with some real life experiences that can happen with the RAF.

“Our courses are designed to give our students real life experiences so they have the right skills and knowledge to go straight into employment or higher education.

“Our students really enjoyed the experience and we had excellent feedback from the RAF about how well the students performed during the day.”

 For more information about studying at West Cheshire College, call our College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

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