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Year 9 students thank Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for inspiring them

Eight students from Colchester Academy visited the Service's Headquarters earlier this month to learn more about the different roles within the Service and about the variety of career opportunities on offer.

Watch Manager Dave Bond from Blue Watch at Orsett Fire Station organised the visit after working with Unity Enterprises East Anglia, a local charity that coaches and mentors young people aged 12-25.

The visit was organised as a way of opening up young people's awareness around careers and opportunities within the Fire Service.

The students spoke to different members of staff about their roles within the Service and how their careers have progressed. The group were given a tour of the Service HQ, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner's Office and the Control Room where they learned more about what happens when the Fire Service takes a 999 call.

After lunch, the group headed off to the Urban Search and Rescue team in Lexden where they got to meet canine colleagues, Fizz and Jarvis and watch them complete a training exercise.

Dave Bond said: “These visits are all designed to inspire the next generation. We get the opportunity to show them the varied careers we offer in the Fire Service and how much you can achieve when you approach life and work with the right attitude and confidence.”

The students thanked Dave and the team for the experience.

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