YOUNG air cadets kept their feet on the ground as they swapped planes for fire engines in a training exercise.
Cadets from 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron enjoyed a visit from firefighters from Newcastle North Fire Station, who gave them an insight into the various roles the service plays.
They were also given first-hand practical experience in basic fire and rescue principles, getting a tour on two fire appliances.
The firefighters also went through several scenarios, highlighting potential dangers with the cadets before explaining how to deal with the scenarios – before, after and during the event.
Cadet Alicia Gardiner, 14, said: “It was an excellent evening. We learnt what the tools were used for, and how they worked and we also got to use some.”
The squadron commander, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, said: “Our young people learned how to stay safe and how to deal with what can be dangerous situations.’’
“It was a great learning experience and I thank the Fire and Rescue Service for providing this opportunity.”
For more information on the squadron visit www.2344.org.uk