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Cabin crew students tackle real flight emergencies…

Submitted by on May 30, 2013 – 11:33 am |

STUDENTS at Stoke on Trent CollegeSTUDENTS at Stoke on Trent College were given a taste of what it’s really like to tackle a fire mid-flight and evacuate passengers.

The Level 2 Certificate in Air Cabin Crew students spent a day at the Thomas Cook Airlines training centre in Stockport, where they were put through their paces on board a plane simulator which filled with smoke.

Other drills included how to evacuate passengers, how to use first aid equipment such as a defibrillator and how to fit and wear crew smoke hoods, all of which form part of the assessment for their course which is now in its second year at the college.

Jo Devereux, course leader, explained: “The students attend as part of their course and they also get to spend a behind-the-scenes day at Manchester Airport.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to experience almost exactly the same training as the airline’s cabin crew.”

For college lecturer Kelly Harper, who accompanied the students, it was familiar territory, as Kelly worked as cabin crew for Thomas Cook for 10 years herself.

She said: “I remember the first time I had to put on a smoke hood while training and it’s not pleasant as it’s quite claustrophobic. Some of the students were nervous, but it is something they will be expected to do in their training and by the end of it they were far more confident.

“The simulator looks exactly like a plane on the inside and is the same dimension as a real aircraft, and it is where Thomas Cook do all their staff and pilot training so it gives the students a good taste of what it’s really like.

“During the day they were being assessed, as it counts as an integral part of their one year qualification and they will get a certificate from the airline as well.”

Stoke on Trent College is now in the process of creating a mock air cabin on campus in Stoke, and anyone interested in enrolling on the next cabin crew course can call 01782 208208, visit or on Facebook at

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