West Midlands Fire Service Calls on Students’ Skills

West Midlands Fire Service Calls on Students’ Skills

L-R: West Midlands Fire Service Green Watch firefighters, Walsall College Carpentry students Patrick Patton and Qamar Zaman. Front: Partnerships Officer for Walsall and Wolverhampton at West Midlands Fire Service, Kate Houghton

Walsall College Construction students answered an emergency call from West Midlands Fire Service and put their skills to good use to help promote car safety.

The Green Watch team at Walsall community fire station required a creative way to help drive home the importance of using car booster seats, for children under 12 or a certain height, and in their hour of need called upon the expertise of the college’s students.

In answer to the brief, Level 2 Carpentry students have designed a 1.35m high wooden door frame, that resembles the door of a fire engine and acts as a measurement device. Any child shorter than the height of the frame, by law requires a car booster seat when travelling in a vehicle.

Made from marine ply, MDF and softwood timber, and finished by Painting and Decorating students, the structure will now be used by Walsall fire station during presentations and community days in a bid to educate members of the public on the correct government guidelines for child car seats.

Curriculum Manager for Construction at Walsall College, Barry Hill, said: “This project gave our students an ideal chance to put into practice the skills they have learnt on the course during workshop sessions and apply it to a real brief. The finished design is to a high standard and also showcases their creative skills.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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