PUBLIC Service students at Keighley Campus are blazing hot!

The college has teamed up with Keighley Fire Station so its students can gain valuable hands-on experience.

Students working towards BTEC Level 2 Public Service qualifications will attend weekly lessons at the station.

They will kitted out with full uniforms and undertake training duties including running the hoses and checking fire fighting equipment.

The new partnership is part of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service's Young Firefighters Scheme which already works with schools.

Public Service courses are aimed at young people interested in a career in the civilian and military public services, including the fire service, police, prison and ambulance service.

The courses help prepare students academically, physically and mentally for the challenging roles.

Campus spokesman Suzy Gallagher said: “The opportunity for on-site work-related experience forms an important part of the course.

“It complements what students are learning at college while enabling them to apply elements to real-life situations which will count as part of their coursework.”

Martin Hoole, the Fire Service’s Youth Training Manager, said students would learn important skills such as discipline, leadership and working as a team.

He added: “We work to rules and regulations, time keeping is essential and there is respect for the strict uniform policy.”