YOUNGSTERS experienced first-hand what it was like to be in the fire brigade when they visited Brighouse Fire Station.
Pupils from Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick, visited the station as part of a project which looks at the different people in the community that help them.
They were shown three videos during their visit which concentrated on how long it takes to get out of a house on fire, how quick a fire can spread and about hoax calling which resulted in a three-year-old from Blackpool losing his life in 1996 because the nearest crew was dealing with a hoax call.
They were asked questions about what they thought about the videos and the messages they were trying to get across.
During the visit they also enjoyed looking around a fire engine, trying on the uniform and most effective way of using a hose pipe.
The project was being run by PCSO James Boakes from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team who also organised a trip to the police station in Bradford Road, Brighouse, where they visited the cells, had their fingerprints taken and had a look around the police van.
The visits were organised to give the children a greater understanding of the fire and police’s role within the community.
“We have been running the project since Christmas every two weeks and the ages of the children range from eight to 11,” said PCSO Boakes.
“Taking part in the project has had an impact of the children who are a lot more positive and are seeing the benefits from working outside their own class environment which has helped them to integrate.
“The project is something a bit different and by looking at the people in the community and how they help us in different ways and taking responsibility for aspects of the environment in the community.”
The project which also included a graffiti clean up is a partnership between the police and the school and is based around improving the community and general area where the children live.
He believed the project encouraged the children to believe that they could make a difference while thoroughly enjoying taking part in the project.