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.”