Pupils get to play with a real-life fire engine

WEST ROW, England -- Senior Airman Shayne Manning (front) and Staff Sgt.  Kyle Dulin, both 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department, and Watch Manager Ken Cross, 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department, RAF Alconbury, assist children from West Row Primary School as they take turns holding a fire hose and spray water onto a grassy area at the school. The firefighters visited the school to foster continual good relations with the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Karen Abeyasekere)
WEST ROW, England -- Senior Airman Shayne Manning (front) and Staff Sgt. Kyle Dulin, both 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department, and Watch Manager Ken Cross, 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department, RAF Alconbury, assist children from West Row Primary School as they take turns holding a fire hose and spray water onto a grassy area at the school. The firefighters visited the school to foster continual good relations with the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Karen Abeyasekere)

A US air base’s fire crew visited a nearby primary school last week to show pupils how they do their job.

Pupils at West Row Primary School were treated to a look at an RAF Mildenhall fire truck last Thursday and learned the importance of fire safety.

Geraldine Ciantar, headteacher, said the visit was a memorable way for pupils to learn about a firefighter’s daily work.

“The children had a chance to climb aboard and spray the hose which was all great fun, but it’s also something they won’t forget because it was so enjoyable,” she said.

The visit was organised by RAF Alconbury watch manager, Ken Cross.

He was joined by firefighters and airmen from RAF Mildenhall as part of the base’s ongoing community relations work.