hillmead schoolHertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has brought Christmas a little early to schools this year by giving away thermal imaging cameras which firefighters use on search and rescue missions.

The cameras are being replaced by newer and more up to date models and are being recycled to support the Local Enterprise Partnership’s aim to develop tomorrow’s workforce and encourage participation in science.

Director of Community Protection, Roy Wilsher said: “We are delighted to be able to support the active learning of young people across Hertfordshire in this way. By giving away these high technology pieces of equipment to schools can bring science to life in an engaging and active way. It is great that we can support the pupils learning by bringing fun to their lessons and give vital life-saving education at the same time." 

One of the schools to benefit from a thermal imaging camera was Hillmead Primary School in Bishop’s Stortford (pictured). During the visit schoolchildren were given lessons by firefighters in how to use the camera correctly, information about its technical functions, and learn about fire safety and the importance of a fire plan.

The programme of give-aways will continue in the New Year and Councillor Richard Thanke has pledged to make Christmas to last a bit longer for schools in Hertfordshire.

The Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “I am delighted that the fire and rescue service recognise the importance of supporting the learning of our young citizens. This is another demonstration of how diverse our fire service is and how it contributes to the wider County agenda."

Pictured: pupils from Hillmead holding an old thermal imaging camera and the current camera alongside (left to right) Sean Comerford (Station Commander), Cllr Colin Woodward, Mrs Shenstone (schoolteacher), Paul Cooke (Watch Commander) and Dean Hunt (Firefighter)