Firefighters turn up heat for school science day

Crew members demonstrated a chip pan fire to the students.

Crew members demonstrated a chip pan fire to the students. - Credit: Archant

Crews from Bideford fire station gave Chulmleigh Academy pupils a Science Day to remember.

PUPILS at Chulmleigh Academy turned up the heat at their annual Science Day with help from Bideford fire fighters.

Using the education appliance, the crew members spent time with the pupils aged 11 to 15, teaching them about road and fire safety.

The children were shown a video of a front room fire, talking about how quickly a fire can develop and how to make their homes safer.

“With the ever popular young persons engagement vehicle, we quickly gained the attention of the students and were able to discuss the physics of motion and kinetic energy and its effects on vehicles, unbelted passengers and possible projectiles within vehicles,” said fire fighter Caroline Anderton.

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“We also chatted about the dangers of cycling on country lanes and the importance of being visible, not only as a cyclist but also as a pedestrian, particularly as they live in such a rural location.

“Our pièce de résistance was with a chip pan demonstration where we were able to show to the students how a fire starts with oil, how temperatures change liquids to a gas and finally how vaporisation of the steam and oil creates a fire ball which could potentially seriously injure or even kill someone in close proximity.”

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The day also helped fire fighters gather information from more than 150 young people to assist with their community safety targeting.

Students completed a brief questionnaire in exchange for either a wristband or phone sock.

“This fair exchange delighted the students and was an excellent way of continuing the fire and road safety messages we had delivered over the day,” added Caroline.

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