Young carers experienced life as a Firefighter and got to spray hoses and ride in a fire engine when they spent time at a Hertfordshire Fire Station.
We teamed up with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to arrange for seven young carers to spend some time at Stevenage Fire Station.
The visit took place on August 12th and started with a tour of the station and then the young carers, aged eight and over, were given a uniform to wear.
Guided by the fireman, the carers learnt about the equipment and how they were used in the event of a fire or road traffic accident. They got to use spreaders and cutters to cut up a car, as Firefighters might in a road traffic collision.
The young carers also got the opportunity to experience what it’s like to rescue someone from a burning building when they marched bravely into the smoke house with hoses in hand ready to save the day! After a short period of time the young carers emerged from the smoky building as heroes, albeit soaked in water!
Young carer Jake, who helps look after his disabled brother, said: “I had an amazing time and found the visit interesting. My favourite part was going into the smokehouse with the hoses and finding the ‘casualty’.”
Duty Watch Commander at Stevenage Fire Station Steven Wintrip said: “It was a great day and the young carers thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I’m glad we could give them the break from caring they deserve.”
Marie Freeman, one of our Young Carers Advisor, said: “The visit proved to be a fun and educational one for the young carers producing smiles all round. Young carers value time out from caring and the chance to meet other young carers.”
To find out more about how we support young carers including future events please visit www.ycih.org or call 01992 58 69 69.
Article by Patric Bartlett, Communications and Marketing Intern