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Fifty young people from south west Birmingham have been given the opportunity to take part in a two day emergency services “Trading Places” event.

Organised by Birmingham City Council in partnership with West Midlands Fire Service and British Transport Police, the exciting event will give young people from Weoley Castle, Selly Oak, Bournville, Stirchley, Maypole, Billesley, Yardley Wood and Warstock the opportunity to experience a taste of life as a fire-fighter and a police officer.

Among the fifty local young people selected to take part are ten from Square Club Youth Project, chosen by their youth worker.

Day one will see young people experiencing the role of a fire-fighter at the Fire Service Training Academy in Smethwick. They will deal with a full scale emergency incident, work alongside the air ambulance and police to rescue casualties and identify and rescue casualties from the on-site ‘smoke’ training house.

The second day of the experience will be led by British Transport Police and take place at Bournbrook Fire Station. Experiencing the role of a police officer, young people will train in tactical manoeuvres and discuss safety on railway lines. They will also take part in a practical experience of an emergency situation, using the old Selly Oak Hospital site.

Young people have been recruited from the South Area youth projects on a first come, first served basis




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