Overseas students visit fire station

Students from Wigan and Leigh College's English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course at Leigh Fire Station

Students from Wigan and Leigh College's English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course at Leigh Fire Station

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STUDENTS who are learning English as a second language received a guided tour of a fire station and picked up some safety tips.

The 19-strong group from Wigan and Leigh College, which included young people from Zimbabwe, Albania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Thailand, India, China, Eretria, Iran, Romania and Poland, went down to Leigh Fire Station to learn about the role of the fire service in communities across the borough for their emergency services module.

The students, who are all on the college’s English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course, looked at the engines and equipment the crews use to save lives before speaking about fire safety with the firefighters, receiving advice on swapping old two-pin plugs for safer alternatives and arranging home visits to fit smoke alarms in properties which do not have them.

The crews also used several visual demonstrations and pictures to help break down any language barriers.

The visit was organised by firefighter Paul Smith, who works to ensure the fire service engage with communities in Wigan who might be more difficult to reach.