Carly's 15 Minutes of Flame

Carly's 15 Minutes of Flame

As another instalment of Steve & Karen's Little Bucket List they ticked off something pretty big for listener Carly from Cramlington.

Carly had always wanted to be a firefighter so, thanks Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, we made it happen and took her along to experience being part of a fire and rescue crew ably assisted by Steve and Karen as part of an exercise at their North East headquarters and training centre.

In case you missed it or if you want to listen again, here's what happened in "Carly's 15 Minutes of Flame":

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What Carly, Steve and Karen experienced was just two aspects of what the fire and rescue service do separately, but of course they deal with both extinguishing the fire and searching in a smoke filled building at the same time, as well as many many other tasks.

While on their visit to the training centre they saw just how quickly a fire can develop and take hold then Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Watch Manager Kevin Burns explained the importance of a smoke alarm.

On the show Karen said "You've got to have one in your house. You've got to be checking it once a month, don't take the batteries out. They say you are 4 times more likely to die in a house fire without a working smoke alarm. We learned some really important lessons."

Kevin told us "When you get home tonight, make your kids your fire safety officer, it will be fun for them to get them to check the smoke alarm every month and they’ll love having that job. Discuss with your family what your escape plan is, so you all know how to get out if the alarm does go off and if there is a fire. Then dial 999."