Lewis Stanely-Oakes and Tane Newton-Cook get hands-on with Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service


Level 2 Engineering students experienced an eye-opening visit to Newbury Fire Station, where they explored the vital role engineering plays in the emergency services. This unique opportunity allowed the students to see firsthand the impressive equipment and advanced technology used by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service team.

The visit provided an in-depth look at the real-world applications of their engineering studies. Students observed the advanced rescue tools and the cutting-edge design of firefighting apparatus, gaining valuable insights into how engineering principles are applied to save lives and ensure public safety.

Engineering Course Leader Matt Jones said:

“This experience has highlighted the critical role that engineering plays in the development and maintenance of essential tools and systems used by first responders. It’s inspiring for our students to see how their classroom knowledge can be translated into technology that makes a real difference in the community.”

The students were particularly impressed by the state-of-the-art equipment and the practical demonstrations provided by the fire station team. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service's willingness to educate the next generation of engineers is greatly appreciated. The experience has not only enriched the students’ understanding but also inspired many to consider how their future careers can directly contribute to community safety and public service.

Newbury College remains committed to its ethos of ‘Careers, not courses’, providing students with opportunities to engage with industry professionals and gain practical experience that will prepare them for successful careers.

For more information on the engineering programmes and other career-focused courses offered at Newbury College, please visit newbury-college.ac.uk