As part of learning about the wider community children were visited by 2 members of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, children also got the opportunity to visit RNLI St Bees Lifeboat Station and finally a member of The Great North Air Ambulance also visited the school.
First children were visited by 2 members of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue team. Here children learned about the 2009 Cumbrian floods including; how the Mountain Rescue volunteers had to work quickly with a range of other emergency services, how they worked around the clock with very few breaks and with very limited equipment as this flood was so unexpected. Children also got to see all the equipment the Mountain Rescue team use for their more common mountain accedents that they assisst with. Pupils showed great respect for these amazingly brave volunteers.
Key Stage 2 children visited the RNLI St Bees Lifeboat Station. This educational visit taught children about how dangerous water can be and what to do if they find themselves in any sort of danger. The lifeboat volunteers then showed pupils the equipment and machinary they use as well as what crew members have to do if there was an emergency. Students learned a great deal, now have a good understanding of water safety which is essential living in Cumbria and have further respect for the voluntery emergency services.
Finally a member of the Great North Air Ambulance came to the school to teach children about the specialist work this emergency service does. Children learned what to do in emergency situations where the Air Ambulance may be required. They also learned how important it is to support charities such as the Great North Air Ambulance as they are funded on donations which they need in order to save lives.