Desborough youngsters learn about county’s emergency services

YOUNGSTERS in Desborough have been learning all about the work of emergency services.

A six-week educational YES scheme for children in the town is coming to a close shortly and has featured aspects of police, ambulance, and firefighters’ work.

They learned about a traffic officer’s role and were shown how the stinger - a device to stop vhehicles that police are following - works.

They were also given the opportunity to operate the stinger themselves.

In previous weeks, the youngsters were visited by firearms officers for a ‘gun and knife crime’ talk and the local Northamptonshire Police Safer Community Team provided them with a valuable presentation on anti-social behaviour and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

The ambulance service enabled the group to learn about giving CPR and each member achived a certificate for ‘Heartstart’.

And they also worked on getting ‘hands on’ experience with what its like to be a fire officer, learning how to operate the firefighting equipment and working together as part of a team.

Next week, the children will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their firefighting skills to family and friends at a passing out parade.

Each child will receive a certificate presented by Chief Inspector Dick Aistrop and the Deputy Chief Fire Officer.