TWO students from Mid-Cheshire College are among the youngest emergency services responders in the county.
Ash Powell, 18, was initially accepted into Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service last year, while Tim Veal, also 18, is now a fully-fledged special constable with Cheshire Police.
Both have been encouraged by their employers to continue studying the public services course at the college’s Hartford campus while training for their new jobs.
“Both students are dedicated to their studies and are a credit to themselves – the college is very proud,” said lecturer Shauna Campbell.
Ash, a former Middlewich High School pupil, was a Fire Cadet when he was younger, and is also a qualified infantryman in the Territorial Army.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to work for the fire service, and I’m glad I chose the course at Mid-Cheshire College.
“Everything I’ve learned has been invaluable in helping me achieve my goal.”
The National Diploma Public Services course aimed at students who want to prepare for a job within the uniformed services. Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for careers with the police, fire and ambulance services, as well as the Armed Forces.
As a special constable Tim, who lives in Northwich, will work about four hours a week. He’s hoping to use his new-found role as a route into becoming a full time police officer.
He said: “The tutors have been so supportive in letting me have time off for interviews and training, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”