On Thursday the 20 Jan 2011, 21 Cadets and Staff from 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron, Air Training Corps visited Central Fire Station on Lancaster Place, Leicester. During the visit the cadets were spilt into groups of three and each group was allocated a fireman to act as a guide. The groups were then treated to a full tour of the station including all the fire engines and equipment used.
The visit was a great success and the cadets were not backwards about asking questions and the range of questions were as diverse as things like roles of a fireman in 2011. The Cadets were allowed to fully inspect the inside of all the engines and also allowed to try on some of the basic fire fighting equipment including the breathing apparatus (BA). It was a sad moment for some of the cadets to find out that after the stations recent re-fit the fireman’s pole had not been replaced and was no longer present.
Five minutes prior to the planned end of the visit, the cadets were treated to an unplanned automated call out for “all pumps” to respond to an automated fire alarm, in one of the high rise blocks in Leicester City centre. Cadet Corporal Belleini said “It was really impressive to see the teams mentally switch on when the alarms sounded and respond so quickly in what looked like a controlled and organised manner. Within seconds the 3 fire engines were driving out of the station with blue lights flashing and two tones sounding.”
The visit was finished by a guided tour around the stations gymnasium and the rescue tower. A full run down of the fitness standards required of a modern day fireman was given to the cadets by the one remaining fireman left at the station after the call out. Just as the cadets and staff were about to leave the station, the fire engines returned with the Green Watch Manager reporting that it was a false alarm, and was “possibly someone smoking in the buildings stairwell”.
Photo: 1F Cadets being given a brief on Breathing Apparatus Gear
Pilot Officer D Shuttleworth RAF (VR) T
1f (City of Leicester) Media Comm’s Officer.