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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) Training team and firefighters from Scunthorpe Fire Station were part of a training exercise with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) paramedic students from The University of Hull.

The aim of the training exercise was to provide the students with a road traffic collision scenario in an environment that was more realistic than a classroom, a real-time, real-life scenario which supports Fire and Health working together in a learning environment.

Providing the students with a rare development opportunity that supports their skills and learning for when they help those living and working in the Humber region and neighbouring counties.

Head of Training at HFRS, Group Manager Dave Collingwood, said “This is the first in a series of training scenarios we have planned in collaboration with YAS and The University of Hull to support student paramedics with their development.

“The training exercise was filmed by the University of Hull with our Learning and Development Hub and is being developed into further learning material for use by all of the partners involved. This has been a fantastic opportunity for our staff, working with partner agencies and the next generation.”

Nicki Credland, Head of Department of Paramedical, Perioperative and Advanced Practice at the University, said: “This collaboration with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service puts us in a really unique position at the University.

“It enables us to offer our students real-life, real-time scenarios in a realistic environment. Students can experience what responding to a serious RTC is like, providing vital training and preparation for life after university on the frontline.

“We launched our Paramedic Science course a number of years ago to help combat a worrying shortage of trained paramedics working in the health sector.

“Since its inception, the degree programme has flourished, and this September we welcomed a new cohort of 50 student paramedics, reflecting the University’s commitment to supporting the region’s NHS and health service.”

Sam Hale, a student paramedic at the University of Hull, said: “It was a brilliant experience taking part in this exercise – it gave us the chance to work with the fire service, to see their equipment and the type of things they can offer, and how we work together at the scene of incidents like this.”

If you are interested in working together on future training projects, please contact the Learning and Development Hub here