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Firefighters help pupils with their studies about the Great Fire of London




Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School ANL-160102-164802009
Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School ANL-160102-164802009

Pupils enjoyed an inspiring visit by a group of firefighters as part of their studies on the Great Fire of London.

Five firefighters from Ixworth rolled up at Barningham Primary School, in Church Road, to talk about their job and how the fire service has changed since the 1666 blaze.

Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School''Pictured: Olivia Faulkner sitting in the drivers seat of the engine ANL-160102-164751009
Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School''Pictured: Olivia Faulkner sitting in the drivers seat of the engine ANL-160102-164751009

The 21 Key Stage One pupils, aged five to seven, also got to explore the crew’s fire engine and ask them questions.

Class teacher Jessica Orritt said: “About half of the class now want to be firefighters. One of the children said it was ‘the best day of his life’.

“They were really inspired by it.”

Miss Orritt also brought in a firefighter’s helmet from the early 1900s, which belonged to a relative who served as a firefighter before the First World War in Nottinghamshire.

Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School''Pictured: Callum Price sitting in the engine ANL-160102-164703009
Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School''Pictured: Callum Price sitting in the engine ANL-160102-164703009

On what pupils learnt from the visit, she said: “They talked about how long it takes to train and the time it takes to respond to fires.

“They were surprised about the amount of emergencies they respond to in a year and how wide an area they cover - the children thought they just cover Ixworth.

“It was also that they don’t just respond to fires - it can be about helping with accidents. It widened the childrens’ horizons of what they think of as a firefighter.

“We’ve written thank you letters to them.”

Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School''Pictured: Charlie Wittrick with Rosie Carlick (Crew Commander) having a look at the engine hose ANL-160102-164728009
Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School''Pictured: Charlie Wittrick with Rosie Carlick (Crew Commander) having a look at the engine hose ANL-160102-164728009
Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School ANL-160102-164615009
Fire engine and fire crew from Ixworth visit Squirrel class at Barningham Primary School ANL-160102-164615009


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