Portland College students receive tips from the emergency services

Portland College student, Annie Langton, gets some attention for her walker from AA mechanics Mark Morgan and Ben Westney during 999 Day last Thursday.

Portland College student, Annie Langton, gets some attention for her walker from AA mechanics Mark Morgan and Ben Westney during 999 Day last Thursday.

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Members of the emergency services were on hand to give Portland College students tips on looking after themselves at an event last week.

The Nottingham Road college, which caters for people who have disabilities, held its annual 999 day last Thursday to give foundation learners the chance to learn about important issues such as personal safety, fire and road safety, first aid and safety at home.

Representatives from Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, AA Specialist Services and Road Safety and St John Ambulance organised a host of activities and demonstrations including basic first aid and how to deal with a house fire.

Tutor Julie Kirk said: “This event gives learners the opportunity to see and understand dangers which will help prevent accidents in the future in an engaging and fun way.

“Some of our learners can be quite vulnerable. Giving them the tools to better protect themselves is vital for their development both here at college and also following their transition upon completing their programme at Portland.

“I would personally like to thank all the emergency services for supporting this event on behalf of Portland College.”