Students sample life in the RAF

Students from Shrewsbury College got a taste of life in the military this week while assisting RAF Cosford and the emergency services with their major incident training exercises.

RAF Cosford is a world-class military technical training environment. Emergency planning training takes place bi-annually and this was the first time students from the College were given the unique opportunity to take part.

At the request of Flt Lt Simon Marsh, RAF Cosford, the group of Public Services students assisted the medics on site with a mock jet aircraft crash.

While some students played the role of casualties, with convincing make-up administered by RAF professionals, others acted the role of concerned friends and colleagues, press reporters and military personnel. The students got to see the work of the RAF, ambulance service and the Fire and Rescue service close-up.

Steve Harris, Public Service tutor at Shrewsbury College, said: “It was extremely interesting to see the procedures men and women in the military go through when dealing with major incidents. The students gained insight into the work undertaken and as they will be completing a unit of work about major incident planning. The day proved invaluable experience – and the weather made it even more pleasurable.

"All the students behaved impeccably and were a credit to the College. Lt Marsh praised the students for their efforts and said the exercise would have been less realistic without the added pressure of their roles in the day.

“Wherever possible we aim to give our students the chance to experience real-life scenarios. This helps them gain the knowledge and skills they will be required to have to progress into the services.”

For more information about the Public Services course at Shrewsbury College or to apply for September, please come along to our Advice Event on June 4 from 5pm to 7pm or call 01743 342411.

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